Woman, 108, Votes for the First Time
Joanna Jenkins backs Obama
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by The_Old_Wolf
Posted Oct 31, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
Absentee ballots are piled up after being counted at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Troy, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Newser) – Joanna Jenkins was not allowed to vote in her younger years thanks to Jim Crow laws—but even after those were abolished and the Voting Rights Act passed, she never voted … until this year, at the age of 108. Whose name did she check on her absentee ballot? “‘Bama!’” says the South Carolina woman. Family members have been hoping for years Jenkins would vote, but feared she would not be allowed because she doesn’t have a state ID and can’t read or write, the State reports.

But, informed by elections officials that the state’s voter ID law (which requires photo ID) does not apply this year, Kenkins got registered with the help of a cousin and her doctor. “She just got kind of carried away with wanting to vote” this year, her cousin explains. “Every time she sees President Obama on television, she really gets excited.” And when the absentee ballot was read to her, “She really didn’t draw any interest other than hearing Obama’s name.”

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AnitaWynn
Nov 2, 2012 9:18 PM CDT
108! My own grandmother would have been 118 today, but she's been gone for decades. She'd have supported Mitt, no doubt, but I love and miss her anyway.
AnitaWynn
Nov 2, 2012 9:17 PM CDT
108! My own grandmother would have been 118 today, but she's been gone for decades. She'd have supported Mitt, no doubt, but I love and miss her anyway.
milo7453
Nov 1, 2012 4:11 AM CDT
Bless her heart...Another BS liberal piece...did she have ID? Jim crow also said that I couldn't own a home or vote...guess what? My home is paid for and I've been voting since 1984... I own my own restroom..."Me Only." Stop with the affirmative action President stuff...Obama is the most powerful MAN in the free world...Jim Crow doesn't give you leadership skills! Obama has NONE!