Texas woman still voting in presidential election at 96

KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets
KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Doris Griffith has cast her ballot in 19 presidential elections. She still has a newspaper from 1945 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away. Roosevelt was the first president Griffith ever voted for.

“I just think it’s my duty to vote, ya know,” Griffith said.

At 96 years-old, the 2016 presidential election is no different. Griffith cast her ballot on the first day of early voting. Griffith and her daughter woke up early and were the fourth and fifth people in line at the Georgetown ISD administration building. If she can make it to the polls, she says you can, too.

“Get out of bed, and get all dressed up, and vote,” says Griffith, who is passing down her dedication.

“She inspired me, you know. I can do it, I can do this, I can educate myself and I can vote,” explains Carolyn Toth, Griffith’s daughter.

For those who decide not to vote, Griffith has a motto. “If you don’t vote then you can’t complain if things aren’t going how you thought they would go.”

Griffith will be watching the polls closely on Tuesday, and beyond. She hopes to be around in four more years, to vote for the next president, at the age of 100.

Griffith was born in 1920, the year women got the right to vote. At the time, she had to wait until she was 21 years old to cast her ballot.

Also in 1920, the Constitution was amended a second time that same year, prohibiting alcohol nationwide. That same year, the broadcast media was born when the first commercial radio station signed on. It broadcast the results of the election that year, when Warren Harding was elected President.