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82-year-old Texas woman votes for first time days before her death

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CIRCA) - An 82-year-old Texas woman voted for the first time just days before she died, according to a Washington Post report.

Gracie Lou Phillips' family says she had never voted before the 2018 midterm elections, because her late husband feared they would be called for jury duty and “not be able to make ends meet," The Post stated. She was also a busy mother of seven children.

Phillips' son-in-law, Jeff Griffith, tells The Post that voting had become very important to her in recent years.

“She was asking, ‘Isn’t there some way I can vote? Don’t they let people vote from the hospital?’” Griffith told The Post. “It was really important to her.”

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Phillips was able to vote early on Thursday in Grand Prairie, according to The Washington Post. She died Monday from pneumonia and sepsis.

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“She was very proud,” Griffith told The Post. “She wanted to drain the swamp. She voted straight-ticket Republican.”

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