Not even a global pandemic could stop this 102-year-old from voting in this election

Bea Lumpkin is a 102-year-old former Chicago school teacher who has never missed an election since she first became eligible to vote. She told CNN that, “The most important reason to vote in this election is that there’s so much at stake, more than any other vote I’ve cast, because of the great challenge to the survival of our democracy.” On top of the survival of our democracy, Bea lists health care, racism, climate change, wealth inequality, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic among her top issues as a voter. She voted by mail this year, which she says was simple, and encourages others to vote early in order to avoid crowds on Election Day.

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