Millions of voters who cast their ballots in the midterm elections spent the rest of the day proudly wearing their “I voted“ stickers.
But in what has become an election-day tradition, some voters placed their stickers on the grave of suffragette Susan B Anthony in Rochester, New York.
Anthony was arrested after she voted illegally in 1872 to protest women being unable to cast ballots. American women only gained the right to vote in 1920 - 14 years after her death.
People began posting their voting stickers on Anthony’s grave on the morning of the midterm elections.
The first people arrive at 7:05am here at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY to place their “I Voted” stickers at… https://t.co/Z64NqaJ1TS— John Kucko (@John Kucko) 1541507393
People putting their “I voted” stickers on Susan B Anthony’s grave gives me all the feels, every time. Gurl, if you… https://t.co/pQXUU93Fzf— Megan Gamble (@Megan Gamble) 1541595994
By the afternoon her grave was covered in stickers.
Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting almost exactly 146 years ago. Now women are running for elected office in… https://t.co/8BZ0FEcyUP— Love Buzz💕🐝 (@Love Buzz💕🐝) 1541537223
Placing "I voted" stickers on Anthony's grave has been a local tradition in Rochester for years, but even more people joined in during the 2016 presidential elections to pay tribute to Hilary Clinton.
And now more women have run for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before.
But some people disagree with this tradition, and say that Susan B Anthony was a racist who fought only for white women’s rights.
Susan B Anthony said she would rather cut off her left arm then allow black people to vote. https://t.co/5wnWaSK4X4— Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️) 1541596135
“I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman… https://t.co/vjWmNZTM6z— Your fave killjoy| Ericka Hart (She/ They) (@Your fave killjoy| Ericka Hart (She/ They)) 1541530334
Whatever your thoughts on Susan B Anthony, it’s good to see that this election is set to be a record year for midterm voter turnout.
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