Voting never gets old, even at 103


Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 7:04 pm
By: News 9


By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- History will be made, whether we elect an African-American president or female vice president. And a Shawnee woman wasn't going to let her age impact voting on Election Day.

At 103-years-old, Beaulah Mae Winrow has been closely following the campaign as a Barack Obama supporter. She's an inspiration to her 65 grandchildren, 127 great grandchildren and 104 great-great grandchildren, and Tuesday her vote was going to count.

Winrow headed to the polls, and although she's not as fast as she used to be, nothing was going to stop her from voting.

Teddy Roosevelt was president when she was born in 1905.

Now, she has cast her ballot for an African-American president, something she never thought she'd live to see.

"Well, that will be wonderful. It will be a change," Winrow said.

Voting is this election was a family affair, including her 75-year-old daughter Lorene Ryan, and her great-granddaughter Ebony Morris.

"It's exciting, it's very exciting. I'm blessed to have my mother here with us," Ryan said.

Winrow's family put together a box to send to Obama that includes a newspaper article about the Centenarian and a picture of her registering to vote, along with her registration card.

"I didn't think that I would be able to see it this early, or even have my great, great, my great grandmother be able to see this happen today. And I think it's a significant turnaround and I think it's very important for her to get out there and vote," Morris said.

Winrow said if she ever gets to meet Obama, who she thinks is wonderful, she's going to give him a big kiss.