Ari­zona cen­te­nar­ian casts early vote for Clin­ton

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PRESCOTT, Ari­zona (AP): A 102-YEAR-OLD Prescott, Ari­zona, woman born be­fore women gained the right to vote in Amer­ica has cast her bal­lot early and voted for Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Jerry Em­mett is urg­ing other Ari­zo­nans to follow her lead and use the state’s early vot­ing sys­tem.

Em­mett made head­lines in July at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia where she car­ried a blue-and-white sign that read ‘Cen­te­nar­ian for Hil­lary’.

As an honorary del­e­gate for Ari­zona, she an­nounced the state’s del­e­ga­tion was cast­ing 51 of its 85 votes for Clin­ton for pres­i­dent.

Em­mett re­mem­bers see­ing her mother go to vote for the first time af­ter the 19th Amend­ment guar­an­tee­ing women the right to vote was rat­i­fied in Au­gust 1920.

The re­tired ed­u­ca­tor says she’s been wait­ing her whole life to cast her bal­lot for a woman and has been ea­ger to vote for Clin­ton, who would be the na­tion’s first fe­male pres­i­dent.

AP PHOTOS

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton greets mem­bers of the au­di­ence af­ter speak­ing dur­ing a rally at Pasco-Her­nando State Col­lege in Dade City, Florida, yes­ter­day.

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