108-year-old votes for the first time

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC – This South Carolina lady proves that you’re never too old to rock. Rock the vote, that is.

108-year-old Joanna Jenkins is casting her vote for the first time this election.

“I feel good!” said Joanna.

Joanna can’t read or write, nor does she have a state-issued ID. But that didn’t stop her from getting to the polls.

With the help of her doctor and the Beaufort County Board of Elections, Joanna is now registered as an absentee voter.

“She’s just excited. She wants to vote this year. We were looking at the elections, and as the debate were going on, she decided — say, ‘I want to vote’ all of a sudden. She just want to vote.  She just decided that she want to vote.  She’s excited to vote,” said her cousin, Shirley Lee.

For many of us, it’s a right that can be taken for granted. But keep in mind that Joanna’s both black and female. And for most of Joanna’s life, the right to vote didn’t come easy for either. Think about that for a second.

“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 at that time.  So for her to be voting now is a great example to others that it’s never too late to vote and you should always exercise your right to vote,” said Scott Marshall, director, Beaufort County, SC election.

The big question remains: who is Joanna voting for?

“Obama! Obama!” said Joanna.

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