If you are one of those people who say that your vote doesn’t count or that you are too busy in life to head down to the polls to vote today, then please at least read this woman’s story.
Gracie Lue Phillips, an 82-year-old woman from the Grand Prairie area of Texas, cast her ballot for the first time ever on Thursday during Texas’ early voting period. Phillips, who had to drag a heavy oxygen tank behind her, due to her failing health, had failed to vote in dozens of past elections, because she had either been misinformed or was too busy taking care of her family, her granddaughter tells NBC5.
“Her priority through life was her family. She finally registered to vote for the first time in her life. She kept telling everybody ‘I’m voting. I’m going to vote this year and my vote counts,’” Michelle Phillips her granddaughter said.
After voting, Phillips proudly held up her “I voted” sticker, and soon thereafter returned to hospice, where she passed away just four days later.
“To have someone literally need oxygen to breathe, pure tank of oxygen to breathe, put it in her car and ask to go on what may very well be the last week of her life, that shows the dedication and priority that people need to look at,” said Michelle Phillips.
It is unknown who Mrs. Phillips voted for, but then again, that’s not the point of this story. So when you make up excuses for why you won’t be voting today, think of Gracie Lou, and then ask yourself if you have it worse than this woman did on Thursday, when she decided to vote.