2008-10-23 / Church News

She's Been Voting For Presidents Since 1932

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) - Letha Frazier cast her first ballot for Herbert Hoover in 1932.

She later regretted that vote and became a strong admirer of Franklin Roosevelt, who won that election.

"He got us out of the Depression,'' she said.

The 99-year-old resident of Mennonite Manor has voted in every presidential election since then. She generally prefers Democrats, but isn't a straight-party-ticket voter. She once voted for Richard Nixon.

"It didn't turn out good at all,'' she said of that presidency.

A widow since the death of her husband Encell Frazier in 1975, Frazier fell and broke eight ribs about six weeks ago, forcing her to give up a walker for a wheelchair.

But despite those difficulties, Frazier still eagerly awaited two events this fall: voting in the presidential contest that she has followed, and reaching her birthday. On Nov. 9, the mother of two, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great-grandmother of 10 will turn 100 years old.

When advance ballots for the Nov. 4 general election appeared in Reno County mailboxes Thursday, Frazier didn't delay. Her preference in this year's presidential race was plain to see: She wore an Obama- Biden button.

If everybody was as motivated as her mother, voter turnout would be 100 percent, said Frazier's daughter, Phyllis Bachus, who lives near Abbyville.

Frazier was 12 when a U.S. Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920, although her grandmother, she said, didn't think women should vote.

The faithful voter said she cast her ballot because she was interested in her country.

"And because I'm an American.''

On Thursday, she held the manila envelope containing her ballot.

"It's probably my last vote,'' she said.

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