A 99-year-old, Obama-loving Fort Myers, Fla., woman voted for the first time in her life after skipping 24 presidential elections, NBC 2 reports.
Lewis credits Obama’s presidency for her encouraging her to vote. “I said I’m going to vote if the Lord spares my life this time,” said Lewis. “I made it up to my mind to vote.”
Gerri Ware, Lewis’ close friend, helped the 99-year-old first-time voter to register and turned in her ballot after it was filled out. Ware feels Lewis’ commitment to vote should be an example to people of how important it is to vote.
“Ms. Rosie should be an inspiration to all of our young people and old people,” Ware said. “You never get too old to exercise your right.”