This is why people are putting their ‘I voted’ stickers on Susan B Anthony’s grave

Emma Snaith
Wednesday 07 November 2018 15:45
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Voters placed their "I voted" stickers on the grave of suffragette Susan B Anthony in Rochester, New York(AP/Jessica Crane)

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.

By the afternoon her grave was covered in stickers.

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.

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.

HT: BuzzFeed

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