108-year-old South Carolina native Joanna Jenkins has never voted before and doesn’t have an official state ID, but she didn’t let that stop her from participating for the first time in a presidential election.
“She’s just excited, she wants to vote this year, we were looking at the election, and as the debates were going on she decided she wants to vote all of a sudden. She just wants to vote, she wants to vote and is excited to vote,” her cousin Shirley Lee told KSDK.
Jenkins can’t read or write, so she needed the help of her family doctor and the Beaufort County Board of Elections to get an absentee ballot.
“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. She is a great example to others that it’s never too late to vote and you should always exercise your right,” Director of Elections Scott Marshall told WCSH.
Jenkins isn’t ashamed to tell the world who she voted for either.
“Obama!” she eagerly told WCSH.