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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Picture of the Day - 7

(Sylvia Visconti, 92, walks away from the voting machine at Epiphany Elementary School in Cliffside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Mike Derer))


  • At 3 p.m. on Election Day, the Foundry Methodist Church voting station in D.C. was doing light but brisk business. As I signed my name to receive my ballot, one of the poll workers loudly asked another to ring the small bell on their table. "Everyone please listen up for a moment," he boomed while holding on to an old black woman standing perhaps 5'2" with a huge grin. "This is our special voter of the day. She's 95 years old and this is her first time voting." As everyone in the room took her in and the thundering applause echoed through the old church basement, her glinting eyes quickly teared up and she somehow managed an even bigger smile.

    Who knows exactly what made her vote for the first time in her life today. But I'd like to think I know.

    By Blogger Nonplussed2, at 4:15 AM  

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