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Feeling spirit at 76, woman votes for first time

Posted October 21, 2020 6:11 p.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2020 6:57 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina has seen an unprecedented turnout in early voting this year. It's testament to how much this election has galvanized people. And it was enough to motivate a woman in Granville County to do something she has never done before.

Joyce Hart entered the polling place Wednesday hand-in-hand with her daughter, Traci Scoggins. The pair were at South Granville Public Library in Creedmoor for a first: 76-year-old Hart was going to vote.

"Now I'm ready to go in here, get behind a curtain, and hope that I do the right thing for my family," she said.

Over the years, Hart thought about voting, but there were always reasons not to do it.

"I never wanted to take off work," she said. "I just felt it wasn't necessary. What would I matter? I never felt like I would matter."

But this year, she got tired of feeling left out, and the issues at play made it important for her to be heard.

"I'm laid off from my job right now on account of COVID," she said. Laid off since March, Hart wants to work again.

Scoggins was taken aback to learn that her mom never exercised the right to vote.

It took about an hour, waiting in line and then casting their ballots.

"I feel good to have accomplished something that I should have done years ago," Hart said. "I was as excited as I was when I got my driver's license for the first time."

She's become a convert, urging others who have never voted before to do it, and do it early.

Hart says this election is too important to avoid.

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