Go ‘Head Miss Rosie! 99-Year-Old Votes For The First Time

November 5, 2012  |  

Source: WBBH/NBC

For anyone who is second-guessing standing in line to vote tomorrow just think, if a 99-year-old woman can make her way to the polls to cast her ballot, you can too.

This year, Fort Myers, FL, resident Rosie Lewis voted for the first time in her life. She overlooked 24 elections, including the historic one of 2008, but the election of Barack Obama is what Ms. Lewis says motivated  her to vote this year.

“I said I’m going to vote if the Lord spares my life this time,” she told WALB of her choice. “I made it up to my mind to vote.”

A family friend registered Lewis to vote and her grandson, Nelson Lewis, cosigned his grandmother’s momentous decision, saying:

“She’s an amazing person, 99-years-old and still has her right mind,” he said. “She completely understands what she just did. My grandmother never forgets anything.”

As local WALB points out, Lewis was 7-years-old when the 19th Amendment passed giving women the right to vote, and by the time Jim Crow laws were abolished she was in her 50s. Nelson says that’s likely why she hasn’t bother to cast a vote before now.

“She was already set in her ways, and wasn’t really thinking about politics,” he said.

This year, Lewis is definitely thinking about politics and one man in particular. As the woman who is just one year away from marking 100 years on this earth, plainly told reporters:

“I love Obama.”

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  • fool of a tooke!

    This old dumb idiot! Aren’t any of you disgusted that she is 99 and has NEVER voted?! AND has a lame reason…”set in her ways”- GTFOH! The only excuse I accept is that she has been chained in a basement all these years! She was back in the civil rights days and saw first hand what other black people went through so SHE could vote. She is an embarrassment! She says she “love’s Obama” but this moron will flick the switch for Robmey- BET!

    • kierah

      I’m on your team! I’m pissed as hell that she could have seen the entire Civil Rights Movement unfold and STILL didn’t vote!

  • This is just beautiful God Bless you Miss Rosie WOW!I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so Ijoined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it’s where to- connect withbeautiful and excellent people!Go G-ma! You may not have believed it could happen four years ago, but now, you can go for it!

  • FromUR2UB

    I’m glad she finally voted.

  • MLS2698

    Go G-ma! You may not have believed it could happen four years ago, but now, you can go for it!

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Bless her heart! I love this.

  • NicPal

    This is just beautiful God Bless you Miss Rosie WOW!