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Joanna Jenkins, 108-Year-Old South Carolina Woman, Votes For The Very First Time (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 30, 2012

The upcoming election will be significant for many first-time voters. But for one South Carolina woman, the day will be truly memorable as she casts her first vote ever — at the age of 108.

According to NBC News, Joanna Jenkins, from Beaufort, South Carolina, will finally cast her first vote after being registered as an absentee voter this year.

“She’s just excited, she wants to vote this year, we were looking at the election, and as the debates were going on she decided she wants to vote all of a sudden. She just wants to vote, she wants to vote and is excited to vote,” her cousin, Shirley Lee told KSDK.

Since Jenkins can’t read or write, and does not have a state issued ID, her family didn’t think she’d be eligible to vote. However with a little help from her doctor and the Beaufort County Board of Elections, Jenkins is now registered as an absentee voter.

Elections officials say her case is extremely unusual.

“It’s incredible, she grew up in a time when Jim Crow laws were fully in effect, and minority voter suppression was the norm, and to vote was a fight not a right. She is a great example to others that it’s never too late to vote and you should always exercise your right,” Director of Elections Scott Marshall told WCSH.

Which candidate has the 108-year-old’s loyalty?

“Obama!!” she told WCSH.



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