101-year-old casts primary vote

May 3, 2008 7:14:31 AM PDT
She was born more than a century ago -- back when women weren't allowed to vote.

Friday Hazel Thomas cast her ballot, taking advantage of early voting and she wants others to do the same.

I feel like I'm just 21," Thomas said while laughing.

She may feel like she's 21, but she turned 101 last month.

Thomas voted early in the Democratic primary.

After casting her vote, she spoke to Eyewitness News and offered a message to everyone.

"I want everybody else to come and vote," Thomas said.

The right to vote may be something many take for granted now. Thomas, who was born in 1907, does not take voting for granted.

"It's America," she said. "To know that you have the privilege to vote, hasn't always been this privileged to vote. Things has changed."

Thomas told Eyewitness News she didn't think she'd be alive to see the day when either a woman or a black man would be the democratic nominee president of the United States.

"Make me feel glad," Thomas exclaimed. "I want to keep on thanking God."

Thomas' family says she has voted in every election she's been able to vote in. She plans to continue to do so.

"I want to keep on keepin' on, let me have your prayers" Thomas said.

Thomas said she voted for Barack Obama.

Early voting ends Saturday.


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