Laconia Ward 4 Selectman Chris Reynolds helps Louise Youland feed her ballot into the machine on Tuesday. Youland was a girl when women won the right to vote. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — "I didn't exact so much notoriety," remarked Louise Youland, accompanied by her daughter, Virginia Jones of Gilford, as she came to the polls in Ward 4 in her wheelchair.
Born in 1914, before women won the right to vote, Youland, now 102, said that she is proud to have voted twice for the first black president and now is equally proud to vote for Hillary Clinton to become the first woman president. Shading her eyes from the bright sunlight, she said, "It's a good day for it."
Youland said she cast her very first vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936, when he won the second of his four terms by carrying every state save for Maine and Vermont to rout Gov. Alf Landon of Kansas in the most lopsided presidential election in American history. She has voted in every election since.
Youland was raised in Greene, Maine, but added, "I get around." She married and with her husband left Maine, where she worked for an insurance company in Auburn, for the south. where she worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, and was living in Florida before her daughter brought to the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia.
Youland said she intends to vote again when Clinton seeks her second term.
Louise Youland, 102, voted in Laconia’s Ward 4 on Tuesday. She was assisted by her daughter, Virginia Jones of Gilford. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
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