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Video of 104-year-old's early voting story goes viral: 'Now I can die happy!'

A 104-year-old New Yorker named Ruth went viral over the weekend when her early voting story and passionate call to vote was shared online. 

Journalist Faith Salie shared the story through pictures and video on Twitter on Saturday after accompanying Ruth to early voting. 

"She was born before women had the right to vote," Salie said of Ruth, adding that the centenarian's first vote "was for FDR."

In one video, Ruth was asked if this was one of the most important votes she has ever cast in her lifetime. 

"This is hands down, without exception and I'm talking about the first World War, the second World War and every other election before or since. This is it," she replied. "That's why I'm so thrilled that I'm still alive." 

Ruth could not be filmed as she cast her ballot due to voting rules, but she was seen exiting the polling place to cheers.

Later, Salie shared video of Ruth saying she felt good about the vote.

"This is the most important thing I could do," she said. "Now I can die happy!"

Early voting is seeing record numbers across the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, with both parties turning out in full force.

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that the number of people who have already voted in this year's presidential election has surpassed the total number of people who submitted early or absentee ballots in 2016 - with several days still remaining until Election Day.

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