107-year-old SC woman excited to vote in 2016 election

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 12:25 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2016 at 6:43 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One of South Carolina's oldest voters is looking forward to voting the 13th time for a president.

107-year-old Donella Wilson says she is excited she's able to participate in another election.

Wilson was one of many waiting in line back in the 1940s to cast her vote - the same year Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected. Now, in 2016, Wilson says she has a new ID and voter registration card and she is ready to put it to use.

"I never thought that I will live to see a day like this, I'm over 100 years old," Wilson says.

Born to parents who were slaves in Calhoun County, Wilson says casting her vote in this year's election is not only for her, but those who came before her.

"We couldn't spell vote. We didn't know what the word meant other that we had an opportunity to say something and cast a vote, praying as we go along that the vote could count to help us as a Negro race," Wilson says.

Living through a time where African-Americans and women did not have the right to vote, Mrs. Wilson proudly cast her first vote in the 1940s.

Since then, she's never missed a national or local election.

"I'm happy that I lived this long to see that we could be voting and the voting be counted," Wilson says.

She also says she's happy to have witnessed the first black President, Barack Obama.

"Ohhh so proud and thankful, more thankful and proud thank God for him," she says.

Come Tuesday, Wilson says she's hoping to help make history again by voting for Hillary Clinton.

"I'm looking for her to be our first female President," Wilson says. "I think it's an honor, a precious gift from God."

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