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Born before women could vote, Las Vegas woman casts her ballot in historic election

98-year-old Clara Smith was born when women were still fighting for the right to vote. (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - As a record number of Clark County, Nevada, residents take to the polls for the first weekend of early voting, some Nevadans remember a time when women were still fighting for the right to vote.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution wasn’t ratified until 1920 – and it wasn’t until this year when a woman tops a presidential ticket in a general election.

Clara Smith, 98, was born in Colorado in November of 1917, at a time when women were still fighting for the right to vote.

“My mother was a mother of three daughters before she ever got to vote,” said Smith.

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She lived in Colorado most of her life before moving to Nevada. For Smith’s entire life – it would take an act of mother nature to keep her from voting.

“I voted in every election since I was old enough to vote – except one, because of a large snowstorm,” she said.

The great-great grandmother has waited decades for the chance to vote for a woman for president. Smith is a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter.


“I'm hoping that we will see our first lady in the White House,” Smith said. “I think women are just as good in politics as men.”

Smith’s family took her on a short drive from her Henderson apartment to the nearest early polling site Sunday afternoon. It was her chance to take her place in voting history.

“I would say vote the way you feel whether it's Democrat or Republican,” said Smith.


With some help from election workers, she cast her ballot in just a few minutes with the promise she will keep voting as long as she can.

“I’ll be here four years from now – we’ll make that a date,” she joked with a laugh.

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