WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It’s a day we know we should exercise our civic duty. But the numbers show only about 15 percent of us actually took the time to cast a ballot.
Maude Ford Lee said it was much different 94 years ago today. Her walk is slow, but the walk to earn this sticker is one she loves.
“To exercise what other folks had really died for, you now it was just that important,” said Lee.
The 76-year-old votes in every election. She said she does it to honor her mother, who fought for women’s right to vote.
Lee said, “She began voting after the 1920’s and she did not miss an election.”
And this election day is extra special as we commemorate the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the U.S. the right to vote.
Back then, nearly everyone voted.
“Our goal is to provide easy access to the ballot,” said Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections.
But in a time of technology, absentee ballots and early voting, Palm Beach County election officials say voter turnout is low.
It’s having a voice heard that motivated Lee to get into politics 25 years ago, as the first African American Palm Beach County commissioner.
And she just hopes the fight for the right to vote carries on for a new generation of voters.