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Miami woman, 102, to attend State of the Union with first lady

February 13, 2013

During the election in November, most people who went to the polls did not attract much attention, but that wasn't the case for Desiline Victor. The 102-year-old Miami resident was determined to cast her ballot during the early voting period, and waited for three hours to do so. Now, she will have one of the best seats in the house during Tuesday's State of the Union address, when she sits next to first lady Michelle Obama, according to The Associated Press.

This year marked the second time Victor has voted since becoming an American citizen in 2005, and her story inspired many voters to wait in lines of up to six hours to cast their ballots. Civil rights advocates say that her experience is indicative of the important role that early voting plays for elderly voters and that's it's important to remove the barriers that plagued Victor's voting journey.

"She just wants everyone to know she wants everyone to vote," her nephew Mathieu Pierre-Louis told the AP. 

Victor was one of a number of centenarians who made voting part of senior living this November. In South Carolina, for instance, Gladys Miller, 106, cast a ballot for the first time, according to CBS affiliate WSPA.