TOPEKA, Kansas (CBS St. Louis) – The family bible saved the day for a 92-year-old Kansas woman whose voting rights were in jeopardy, reports KCTV-TV.
Evelyn Howard has voted in in 18 presidential elections. Even so, the Kansas voter registration law required her to show a birth certificate to prove she is a U.S. citizen.
Unfortunately she was not born in a hospital. Howard was born at a midwife’s house in February of 1922.
When she moved from Missouri to Kansas last year, Howard thought the voter registration would be automatic.
“I knew we ought to find some way that I can vote because I’m still a United States citizen,” she told the station.
The only documentation of her birth was a page in her father’s nearly 100-year-old bible. On one page her mother listed where and when her children were born.
Howard and her daughter presented copies of U.S. Census records and that page from her bible to prove she was born in the U.S.
The Kansas Election Board accepted the documents and Howard will be able to vote in the mid-term elections in November.
Howard said it was well worth the effort.
“It’s an obligation. We’re citizens of the United States,” she told KCTV-TV. “We should do our best for our country.”
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