An elderly woman from Chicago went out of her house in a hazmat hood and gloves and dropped her accomplished ballot to the mailbox to ensure she cast her vote for the election, CBS News reported.
Her name is Beatrice Lumpkin, 102-year-old, and a retired teacher from Chicago.
The Chicago Teachers Union took Lumpkin’s picture and posted it on their Instagram account.
Lumpkin is smiling inside her Hazmat hood while proudly holding her ballot.
According to WBBM, the first president Lumpkin voted for was Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940, eighty years ago.
The model voter has not missed any vote since then.
Lumpkin also shared, per CBS News that she wants to honor women’s rights through casting her ballot this year.
According to the elderly woman, when she was born, women could not even vote yet.
Another reason for Lumpkin braving the pandemic to vote is because the 2020 election is “the most important election” in her lifetime, the 102-year-old said.
“The very future of democracy is on the line,” she added.
A Total Bada*ss
Lumpkin was already more than a hundred years old, and according to CDC, this fact puts her at a higher risk for COVID-19 infection.
However, her will to continue exercising her vote despite the risk impressed a lot of people on the internet.
Netizens were ecstatic about the elderly’s actions and encouraged more people to vote for the elections.
One Instagram user Meaghan_Edwards commented on the Chicago Teacher’s Union post: “If she can do it, you can to!(sic)”.
One Twitter user, Jake Lobin, called Lumpkin “a total bada*ss” and believes the internet gained a new “SHEro” through the woman.
Lobin also wrote in the same post the hashtags #Vote and #VoteEarly encouraging everyone to use their voting rights.
On the other hand, some people think Lumpkin’s image is not that of a ”feel good story,” but the government’s “failure to protect its citizens.”
Twitter user Stephi believes that Lumpkin’s picture shows a “person scared for their life.”