Cook County’s oldest voter receives special Valentine’s Day visit

Susie Lewis
Susie Lewis, at 111 years old, was showered with love on Valentine's Day. Lewis is Cook County's oldest voter. Photo credit Rachel Pierson

MAYWOOD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Susie Lewis is 111 years old and has voted in every suburban Cook County election since she was 18.

“It changes things,” she said.

With a lifetime of civic duty under her belt, the Maywood resident was showered with love on Valentine’s Day.

Maywood Mayor Nathaniel Booker and Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough hand-delivered flowers and chocolates Tuesday afternoon.

“She's my ‘shero’ today,” said Yarbrough. “The fact that she's still voting at 111, I mean, what does that say to all of us?”

Yarbrough said not only is Lewis’ age an accomplishment, but the clerk added that she’s an inspiration to the rest of Cook County voters.

“I share with people that democracy really is on the ballot,” Yarbrough added. “This is a fragile form of government, and if we don't protect that, shame on us.”

When asked what her message is to voters, Lewis told WBBM:

“Well, I think they should vote if you are able to.”

Lewis was born in August of 1911, nearly a decade before women’s right to vote was ratified by the 19th Amendment in 1920.

She has been an eligible voter for over 93 years.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Rachel Pierson