VIDEO: 82-year-old woman votes for first time ever, then dies
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An 82-year-old North Texas woman had never cast a ballot until last week, when she finally decided to vote in the midterm elections — and then died a few days later.
Gracie Lou Phillips “danced a little jig” around her walker after she returned from early voting, her family told The Washington Post.
“I voted!” the gravely ill woman, who was transitioning to hospice care, declared as she sat down and raised her fists into the air triumphantly.
The article goes on to state the following:
The great-grandmother and former beautician from Grand Prairie had previously felt ambivalent about exercising her civic duty amid the belief that she didn’t have a voice, according to her family.
But her son-in-law, Jeff Griffith, said that she changed her mind in recent years and registered to vote before falling ill with pneumonia and sepsis.
At the hospital, she kept discussing the elections.
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82 year old Gracie Lou Phillips has died just days after she voted for the first time in her life in Texas. She was surrounded by her family who says she wanted to show it’s never too late to make your voice count. https://t.co/G6VWdS59Uu
— Eun Yang (@eunyangnbc) November 6, 2018
The Washington Post: Despite being gravely ill, 82-year-old Gracie Lou Phillips cast her first-ever ballot. “I voted!” she declared, as she “danced a little jig” around her walker after voting early on Thursday. She died on Monday. https://t.co/65puDk82Fo
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) November 6, 2018
We profiled 1st time voter Gracie Lou Phillips of Grand Prairie last night. She was determined to vote – despite transitioning into hospice care.
Her family has informed me Mrs. Gracie Lou passed away overnight.
May her story inspire others: https://t.co/s9lLyquShE pic.twitter.com/k8fXja5xkr
— Maria Guerrero (@Maria_NBC5) November 5, 2018
Gracie Lou Phillips, an 82-year-old North Texas woman who voted for the first time in her life last week, died early this week. Phillips’ granddaughters say political vitriol drove the great-grandmother to vote, despite transitioning into hospice care. https://t.co/LDiyNyvdwZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 6, 2018
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