At 106 years old, Columbia woman continues voting streak

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — At 106 years old, Columbia resident Donella Wilson is continuing her voting streak.

Wilson, who voted Saturday in South Carolina’s primary election, tells WLTX-TV (http://on.wltx.com/1n8xD1X) that she knows voting is important.

Wilson, who’s black and was born in 1909, waited until 1948 to vote with her husband. Her daughter, Minnie Wilson-Bivins, says Wilson hasn’t missed an election since.

One of Wilson’s goals is to meet President Barack Obama, just as 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin did recently. Video of the centenarian shaking her groove with excitement quickly went viral on the Internet after a Black History Month reception Feb. 18 at the White House.

Wilson-Bivins says they plan on visiting the White House sometime this year. It’ll be Wilson’s second visit. She was invited to meet President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s.

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Information from: WLTX-TV, http://www.wltx.com

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