America's Oldest Voter Chooses Obama


| 10/14/2008 2:38:16 PM


Tags: Politics, Election 2008, international, US, oldest voter, Barack Obama, absentee ballot, BBC, CBS,

Having already won over some Republicans and most of the under-25 set, Barack Obama recently conquered another narrow but inspirational voter demographic: the oldest American voter. Sister Cecilia Gaudette, 106, was born in New Hampshire but moved to her Roman convent 50 years ago, BBC News reports. The last president she voted for? Eisenhower, in 1952. After a 56-year hiatus, she has cast her absentee ballot for Obama, a candidate whom she feels fills the presidential requirements of being “a good straight man... honest, politically able to govern.” You can watch the CBS report on her here.

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Barton Evans
12/2/2008 11:00:05 AM

My grandmother, Geneva Smith Garner, cast her ballot on Election Day, November 4, 2008 in Gaithersburg, MD. Born on September 30, 1900, she was 108 when she cast her vote in her 22nd straight election. A life long Republican (voting the party line 21 previous times), she cast her vote for Ralph Nader in protest of the Republican Presidential/Vice Presidential candidates. Mrs. Garner passed away last week.


Randi Atchison
11/4/2008 2:19:04 PM

My Grandmother, Ruth Brant, cast her presidential election vote on Oct. 30th at Loyalton of Lakewood, NY where she is a resident. She was 107 years old on Oct. 22, 2008. She has voted in every election since her eligibility at age 21. The Jamestown Post Journal ran a story and photo of her in yestedays paper, Nov. 3, 2008. She reads the paper each day and continues to take an interest in the state of our country. Casting her vote remains very important to her. Thank-you, Randi Atchison


Ed Okin
10/16/2008 10:52:26 PM

It's gratifying to see that every US citizen can exercise her right to vote, no matter how old or how far from American soil she lives. God Bless Sister Cecelia! I was surprised to hear that she revealed her presidential vote. Maybe she thinks that the "Employee Free Choice Act" had passed and there were no more secret ballots?? And she voted for who? Obama. Obama? The same Obama who voted in 2002 against the Induced Infant Liability Act that was meant to protect babies lucky enough to survive an induced abortion? Perhaps she doesn't realize that Obama is a big pro-abortion guy? More likely this elderly, well-intentioned nun could never have imagined in her long lifetime that abortion on demand is actually legal.