Seven years before women won the right to vote, Ruline Steininger was born. At seven years old, she’d see the hard work of women nationwide who united together to gain their right to vote. And at 103 years old, she cast her vote for the first female Presidential nominee, thanks to early voting in Des Moines, IA. In a letter she wrote earlier this year to Hillary Clinton, she described the many advances in America she had seen.
‘In my first century, I’ve seen many incredible things. A pandemic, two worldwide depressions, a cure for polio, the first Catholic president, a man on the moon, the end of smallpox, an attack on American soil, and a black president. In my second century, I look forward to seeing a woman president.’
She spoke with CNN and shared that this was something she’d never have thought she would have witnessed in her life saying, “I never thought we’d see a woman president. But this is the year.”
And Steininger definitely did her part in the mission to put Clinton in the White House. She was one of the first in her state to cast her vote in person. Steininger met briefly with Clinton and told her she would not risk waiting too long:
We’re going to put you in the White House. I’m going to help all the way. I’m voting today. I’m not taking any chance and leaving it ’til the election. When you’re 103, you make every minute count.
She held this same attitude back in February when she cast her ballot for Clinton in the Iowa caucuses saying, “I’ve got a big job ahead of me … I’ve got to live! After that, OK, I can die if I want to, but I’m going to live until she’s elected.”
Hillary Clinton acknowledged Steininger’s appreciation of time and responded, “And you have made every minute of all those years count.” She also acknowledged Steininger’s support on Twitter, tweeting out, “Born before women could vote, Ruline just cast her ballot for Hillary in Iowa today. Join her: IWillVote.com.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 29, 2016
Along with Steininger, people nationwide are casting their early ballots, especially in battleground states North Carolina and Florida. In fact, more people are casting their votes early compared to 2012 which may prove to be promising for the Clinton camp. CBS News also reported an increase in early ballot requests were being seen in Georgia.
‘Clinton may also benefit from an increase in ballot requests in Georgia, a traditionally Republican state where Democrats have made inroads…’
In North Carolina, over 69,000 ballots were requested and 8,541 have been returned, showing 40 percent of those ballots being made up of Democrats compared to 35 percent Republicans. Florida does not begin early voting until next week; however, it’s reported that 2.5 million voters have requested ballots with Republicans ahead in those requests 43 percent to 38 percent.
Though the sample is small, it shows that Hillary Clinton is meeting expectations in the critical battleground states compared to 2008 and 2012.
Screenshot from CNN video.