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Jerry Emmett, Born Before Women Won Right To Vote, Casts Arizona's Ballots For Clinton

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Geraldine "Jerry" Emmett.

Prescott resident Jerry Emmett, the 102-year-old honorary chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic delegation, was the star of the show at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Born in 1914, before women had the right to vote nationally, the retired schoolteacher cast Arizona’s ballots to make Clinton the first woman to accept a major party nomination, exclaiming passionately “51 votes for the next President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton!”

Emmett, who is legally blind and has trouble hearing, says she was honored to help make history as a centenarian.

“I’m getting a little tired. But I’ve never had so much attention, ever,” said Emmett after issuing the proclamation in front of the convention.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s delegation was impressed by last night’s speech from former President Bill Clinton in support of his wife.

Golden Valley’s Beth Wiser is a Sanders delegate. But she said Bill Clinton’s speech helped humanize her and smooth her transition.

“We really were exposing a real life Hillary, things we never saw in the media, things that were everyday, but extraordinary,” said Wiser.

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