Mildred Madison, 94, didn't want anyone to suppress her voice.
The Michigan resident told CNN that she had not received her postal vote, so decided to vote early and in person. To do this, she had to travel more than 600 miles – 300 each way – to cast her vote.
Madison, who lives in Detroit, has been living with son Julian in Zion, Illinois since September last year when her health deteriorated. When the coronavirus pandemic started earlier this year, she decided to stay with her son. Under the circumstances, Madison had requested that her ballot be sent to Illinois, but when it didn't come, she wanted to make sure she could vote before the time ran out.
"I said I'd better go back to Detroit and make sure I vote," Madison told CNN on Monday October 19. "I'm glad I did because I haven't seen a ballot yet."
CNN reports that they have reached out to the Detroit Election Department but have not yet received a response.
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According to Catalan data, more than 1.3 million people have already cast their votes in Michigan.
There's still a chance Madison's ballot will appear in the mail, but she didn't want to take any chances.
Madison and her son traveled to Detroit on October 12 at around 6:30 am and reached Detroit City Hall just before noon. The drive is about 330 miles each way and they did it all in one day.
"At least I did it," Madison said, laughing on CNN. "I did it and I voted for the people I wanted to vote for and I hope they win. But I was happy that I wasn't going to miss the vote."
For Madison, who wore a mask that read "Vote", participating in her civic duty is something that is very important to her.
"I've voted in every election for the past 72 years, whether it's city, state, county, or national," she said.
Michigan is considered a battlefield state, whose voting votes could influence the election in favor of one or the other candidate. Donald Trump won the state in 2016.