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105-year-old woman ready to vote in upcoming election

A 105-year-old woman in Santa Barbara will not miss out on voting for a presidential candidate this year.

Phyllis Anderson lives in an assisted living facility at Vista Del Monte Retirement Community. The nurses and caretakers there say Anderson has a spunky attitude and refuses to miss her civic duty to vote.

“I think that’s sad because even if you lose, you do have a feeling of at least you tried and it’s important,” said Anderson when asked for her thoughts on everyone that does not plan to vote this year.

Anderson was born in England and moved to United States during the Great Depression. At a young age, Anderson developed an interest for social justice and politics.

In her lifetime, Anderson has witnessed the first African American elected as president and a female presidential candidate. Anderson says she’s afraid of the current presidential election.

“I’m so old. I’m not going to see the aftermath which I fear. I fear it’s going to be nationalist, anti.. I’m afraid of all those things that we had battled through before,” said Anderson.

Even though the candidate she wanted to vote for isn’t in the running anymore, Anderson refuses to not vote.

According to the chief deputy registar of voters for Santa Barbara County, the oldest registered voter in the county is 116. There are 102 people who are 100-years-old and older who have registered to vote.

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