97-Year-Old Wilma Webster Has Never Missed An Election

(BEDFORD) – Wilma Webster “ran out of bed 90 miles per hour this morning to be able to cast her vote at the Courthouse Plaza,” said Jeanna Cox. Cox is Webster’s daughter and she brought her mother to the early voting center on Monday morning.

Wilma Webster cast her vote Monday morning at the age of 97. She has voted every election since she was 18.

“This may well be my mother’s last time she will vote for a president as she is 97 years of age,” said Cox.

Wilma got married at the age of 15 in Martin County, Indiana where Crane sits now and is probably where she cast her first vote at the age of 18 in Baker Township back in 1941.

Webster has voted in every election since.

Wilma’s late husband, Haskell “Doc” Webster, served as precinct committeeman for several years.

“Back then it was not like it is now to depend on the mailman to deliver your absentee ballot. Back then the precinct committeemen and the other party precinct committeeman would meet at the voter’s house. The ballot was sealed, and sealed a second and third time, then would be initialed by both,” said Cox.

“We would go to the voter’s residence; it did not matter what day of the week – she would load us kids into the car and wait for the other party to get there and they would cast their vote,” said Cox.

This morning, Webster was able to get in to vote in less than ten minutes.

“My parents were old fashioned regarding their civic duty. If you do not vote, you do not have the right to complain,” said Cox.

This week the early voting center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza. On Saturday early voting centers will be open at the Courthouse Plaza and Mitchell Community Center from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The final day to cast your early vote is Monday, November 2nd from 8:30am to Noon at the Courthouse Plaza.

Any questions can be answered by calling Voter Registration at 812-277-2036.

The Lawrence County Election Board will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Lawrence County Courthouse to discuss matters regarding this year’s election and is open to the public.

More information is also available by visiting www.wbiw.com/election