Granny left her deathbed to vote

Millions of Americans are waiting in long lines to vote on this Election Day. Millions more will make excuses for not voting.

If you’re one of them, you should know the story of 86-year-old Nita Bruemmer. Four years ago on Election Day, the Brazoria County woman literally left her deathbed to vote. 

“She said it was her right and her responsibility,” said granddaughter Anita Gillespie.

Nita had been sent home for hospice care the night before but she was determined to cast her ballot.

"Mentally, she was just as sharp and strong-willed as ever," Anita said. "Physically, she would pass out if she was lifted to stand."

Nita knew she needed help getting to the polling place, so she called Anita's husband Matt for help. 

"My husband is 6 ft 9 of country boy, and when she asked she knew he would take her," Anita said.  

Matt wrapped Granny in a blanket and carried her to the car. He drove her to the polling place where she was able to cast her ballot in the car.

The depression-era baby and three-time widow who raised five daughters went home and had an ice cream float and spent the evening with her family. That night, Granny asked Anita to share the photo of her to encourage others to vote.

“If she could do it, so could they,” Anita said.

Granny won’t be able to vote in the 2016 election. She passed away from cancer a few days after she voted in 2012.

What’s your excuse? 

(© 2016 KHOU)


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