Woman, 102, votes in full protective gear having never missed an election in her life

James Besanvalle
Tuesday 06 October 2020 13:15
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Beatrice Lumpkin has never missed voting in an election for her whole life and she wasn’t about to let the coronavirus ruin her streak.

The 102-year-old Chicago woman donned a full hazmat suit and made her way to a post box to cast her mail-in vote.

She held the vote up and smiled before placing it in the blue post box:

Lumpkin began voting in 1940, when she cast her vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and she’s been voting ever since – that’s a total of 80 years.

She told CBS radio station WBBM:

It's the most important election of my lifetime. The very future of democracy is on the line.

In fact, white women in the US didn’t have the right to vote until 1920, which was two years after she was born.

(For reference, Native American women earned the right to vote in 1924, while it took until 1965 to allow Black and Latinx women to be able to vote.)

When asked what Lumpkin would say to Trump about his continual attempts to cast doubt on mail-in voting, she responded:

Well, if I had the chance, there would be a whole lot I could say to President Trump.

People were absolutely loving Lumpkin and her can-do attitude:

Have you voted yet?

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