• Woman born before women could vote casts ballot for Hillary

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A 98-year-old DeKalb County woman just voted in her 20th presidential election.

    But she tells Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen that voting in this election meant more to her than all the rest combined.

    Faye Butler was born in 1918. World War I raged on. Babe Ruth pitched for the Red Sox. And women did not have the right to vote.
    Faye Butler was born in 1918. World War I raged on. Babe Ruth pitched for the Red Sox. And women did not have the right to vote.
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    Faye Butler has a big book of memories---and what she did last week, will fit "right in."

    "I was really excited to think that she had made it. And I was going to help her win!"

    Butler was born in 1918. World War I raged on. Babe Ruth pitched for the Red Sox. And women did not have the right to vote.

    Butler was 2 years old when the 19th Amendment was ratified. And at the age of 22, her very first vote was for FDR.

    "I guess I liked his fireside chats,” Butler told Petersen.

    And so began a lifetime of voting Democrat. The sole exception: the election of 1948. Faye's family was afraid President Harry Truman was in cahoots with political bosses in Kansas City.

    "Well, we assumed that Truman was part of this. So we voted for Dewey," Butler said.


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    "Are you sorry you voted for Dewey now?" Petersen asked Butler.

    “You bet I am,” Butler said.

    But every other Election Day over the last seven decades, Butler said there has been no regrets. Especially the latest one.

    Butler considers herself a feminist and like her baby sister Edith, who is 96, the choice was clear.

    "I just believe in women's rights. I just believe that Hillary is going to make it," Butler told Petersen.

    And with a smile on her face Butler said she will accept the results of the election.

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