On Sunday journalist and actress Faith Salie shared a video of a friend voting in Manhattan. That friend was 104-year-old, Ruth.
Ruth was born before women won the right to vote. She has lived through two global pandemics and says that now that she has cast her vote against Donald Trump she can “die happy.”
Ruth was brought to the polling place by Salie and her two children.
“Today I had the honor of escorting my 104.5-year-old friend Ruth to vote,” Salie wrote over Twitter. “Her first vote was for FDR. Her dad died of the flu during the pandemic of 1918 when she was two. This is her voting story today.”
Salie included other videos of Ruth’s journey. In the first video, Ruth is pounding the pavement with her walker. She crosses Broadway toward Lincoln Center. Ruth has lived in that neighborhood since Nixon was president.
Here she is with her walker, crossing Broadway towards Lincoln Center where she’s lived since the Nixon administration.— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) October 25, 2020
A voting official led the way (along with my son.) pic.twitter.com/axb3yFaHKR
In the clip, your heart will melt as you watch Ruth hold Salie’s 6-year-old daughter’s hand as they walk toward the voting station.
“I want to vote more than anything just today before I shoot that a**hole Trump,” Ruth tells her friend.
Ruth hands her driver’s license to officials. It shows her birthdate as March 1916. Salie describes her dear friend as “unbelievably kind.”
“She filled in that circle HARD,” Salie said. “When she inserted her ballot to scan, the place went nuts. Some were in tears; everyone made sure Ruth went to the front of the line.
“We walked out to the street and all the folks in line for hours cheered her … You could hear the claps for up and down the blocks.”
When she inserted her ballot to scan, the place went nuts.— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) October 25, 2020
We walked out to the street & all the folks in line for hours cheered her. pic.twitter.com/JkAAxk3akK
Ruth later described her day as being “overcome with emotion.”
“She had to sit in her walker to have a cry,” Salie shared.
Ruth shares that she voted for Biden. She describes casting her vote as “the most important thing” she could do.
“I feel I did the best statement I could do under terrible circumstances. I hope that my vote counts as the vote of millions. Now I can die happy.”
The video has gone viral. On Tuesday evening it had been viewed 1.7 million times.
Speaking of viral videos, a report from Project Veritas recently revealed alleged evidence of possible election fraud. As that group, led by activist James O’Keefe, made public parts of a probe into illegal ballot harvesting allegedly happening in the swing state of Minnesota.
Project Veritas shared supposed footage showing an alleged associate of House Rep. Ilhan Omar taking part in the scheme. A whistleblower is featured who claims that Omar’s illicit harvest efforts are common knowledge. Plus the source charged a cash-for-votes scam was taking place as well.
“Numbers do not lie. Numbers do not lie. … You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full,” said operative Liban Mohamed. Omar Jamal, the reported whistleblower declared, “She [Ilhan Omar] will do anything that she can do to get elected and she [Omar] has hundreds of people on the streets doing that.”
Jared Edge, Chief Legal Officer of Project Veritas then looked to set the record straight. A Minnesota statute, 211B.13(1) bans payment for voting. Also in the act of registration. “This is a state felony punishable by more than one-year imprisonment.”
He added, “The federal laws 52 USC §20511, 18 USC §594 and 52 USC §10307(b) and the Minnesota statue 211B.07 prohibits anyone from using undue influence, threats, intimidation or fraud to influence a person’s vote or to influence them to vote at all.”
Major criminal penalties now exist for such federal offenses. In some cases up to five years of prison time and as much as $10,000 in fines. Still that doesn’t appear to stop some from participating in the unlawful activity.
President Trump has been busy planting seeds of doubt about the integrity of mass mail-in-voting. Even going so far as telling he might refuse to accept possible unfavorable results of this election. Rival Democrats quick to denounce his allegations as baseless and unfounded.
As of this month, more than half of states in the U.S. allow for another individual to submit one’s ballot. Legal challenges have begun on that front with the state of Wisconsin being another key battle ground.