99-year-old woman travels hundreds of miles from Chicago to Detroit to vote early

CHICAGO -- A 99-year-old woman has traveled hundreds of miles to cast her ballot in the 2020 election.

Mildred Madison is staying with family in the Chicago suburbs but she did not receive her ballot, so she asked her son to drive her to Detroit this week so she could vote.

"I wasn't going to miss this at all," she said. "It was most important, no matter what I had to do. Vote because your life depends on it, not only for you but for you children and their children."

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A retired member of the Chicago Teachers Union showing that age and the pandemic are not a barrier to voting.



Madison and her son made the 600-mile round-trip in one day.

Madison said civic engagement is a must and wants to create a "Mildred Madison Center for Civic Engagement" to inspire young adults to vote.

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