Woman Casts Ballot After Waiting 90 Years to Vote for Female President Then Dies Just Days Later
Politics| | By Mauricio Castillo
For many Americans, the upcoming presidential election will prove historic in many ways. This could be the first time in American history that a woman can win the presidency. For 90-year-old Anita Harris, it has been a long time coming.
Harris passed away on November 1st, but not before she was able to get her vote in for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Her son, Scott Harris, posted a picture on Facebook of his mother and her mail-in ballot, and it has since gone viral, with thousands coming out to show their support.
The post was shared on the Facebook group National Pantsuit Day (an invitation-only group), and has received an overwhelming amount of support, including condolence comments. Harris had been in hospice care for the past eight months, but made sure to cast her vote regardless.
The group is intended for “likeminded, pro-Hillary nasty women and bad hombres” (according to its mission statement and reference to some of Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric), and Harris embodied that to a tee.
Her son told the Huffington Post, “Frankly I can’t think of a better sendoff for mom than going viral. She always was a bit of an attention-seeker. LOL. She just wanted us to go eat great Chinese food so when we do we will toast her and HRC.”
Scott has since posted a response to all the people who came out to show their love and support for his mother, thanking them while also exemplifying his family’s support for Clinton:
Anita Harris lived through the ups-and-downs of women’s equality in society. Being able to live long enough to cast her vote for potentially the first female president in American history is amazing. Her story, in an election where most newsworthy stories are as shocking as they are disappointing, is a heartwarming reprieve.