‘Thankful for being alive to do this’: 102-year-old NC woman votes for the first time

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A 102-years-old Fayetteville woman who is the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of a runaway slave, voted for the first time this year, WTVD reported.

Gertrude Stackhouse said fear kept her from voting until now. White men are believed to have killed her brother when he was a teenager.

She voted in-person last week and since then, she has received a lot of support from her community.

“Thankful for being alive to do this. That’s right. With a right mind,” she said.

Stackhouse has been blind for more than 20 years but her family said she finally sees the value in using her vote.

“Somebody came by today or yesterday with a newspaper, wanting her to autograph that article,” said her son, Clinton Stackhouse.