102-year-old delegate casts Arizona ballots for Clinton

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Posted: Jul 26, 2016 10:08 PM
102-year-old delegate casts Arizona ballots for Clinton

Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America, so it's fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting 51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton is in line to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party. And she'd make more history by being elected the first female president of the United States.

Emmett is 102 years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Emmett, who started a Hillary Clinton fan club in her state, is legally blind and doesn't hear very well, but she says she walks about a mile a day and still bakes pies. She has served as a Democratic delegate at conventions in the past.

Democratic officials in Arizona decided to honor Emmett, a retired educator and longtime supporter of the party, by appointing her to serve as an honorary delegate to the convention, said Enrique Gutierrez, a spokesman for the Arizona Democratic Party.

"They wanted her to have this moment in the spotlight," Gutierrez said.

She says she was thrilled to be at the Democratic National Convention — where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read "Centenarian for Hillary."

And when it came time for her moment, Emmett smiled broadly, waved to the convention crowd and declared that Arizona was casting "51 votes for the next president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton."