Mildred Madison, 94, wasn’t about to let anybody suppress her vote.
The Michigan resident told CNN that she didn’t obtain her absentee poll, so she determined to vote early and in individual. To take action, she needed to journey greater than 600 miles — 300 every method — to be able to solid her poll.
Madison, who lives in Detroit, has been staying along with her son, Julian, in Zion, Illinois since September of final yr, when her well being started to fail. As soon as the coronavirus pandemic started early this yr, she determined to stay along with her son. On this circumstance, Madison had requested her poll to be despatched to Illinois, however when it didn’t come, she wished to verify she’d be capable to vote earlier than time was up.
“I stated I had higher return to Detroit and ensure that I vote,” Madison instructed CNN Monday (October 19). “I am glad I did as a result of I have never seen a poll but.”
CNN studies that they reached out to the Detroit Division of elections however has not but heard again.
In Michigan, greater than 1.3 million folks have already solid their votes, in response to Catalist information.
There’s nonetheless an opportunity Madison’s poll could present up within the mail, nonetheless she did not need to take any probabilities.
Madison and her son left for Detroit at round 6:30 a.m. on October 12 and made it to Detroit’s Metropolis Corridor simply earlier than midday. The drive is roughly 330 miles every method, they usually did all of it in in the future.
“At the least I made it,” Madison stated whereas laughing, in response to CNN. “I made it and voted for the folks I wished to vote for, and I hope they win. However I felt happy that I used to be not going to overlook voting.”
To Madison, who wore a masks studying “vote” to the polls, collaborating in her civic obligation is one thing that’s essential to her.
“I have been voting in each election, whether or not it was metropolis, state, county or nationwide for the final 72 years,” she stated.
Michigan is taken into account a battleground state whose electoral votes might tip the election in favor of 1 or the opposite candidates. Donald Trump received the state in 2016.