On Election Day, thousands visit Susan B. Anthony’s grave

On Election Day, with the prospect of electing the nation’s first woman president, people are flocking to Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Rochester, New York, to pay their respects. They’re placing “I Voted” stickers, taking selfies and leaving flowers, including yellow roses — the symbol of the women’s suffrage movement.

Anthony was a key leader of the suffrage movement, which secured women’s right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Many of the visitors are going straight from local polling places to Mount Hope cemetery, according to CBS Rochester affiliate WROC-TV.

The cemetery has extended its hours until 9 p.m. to allow for more Election Day visitors.

By mid-afternoon, about 2,000 people, mostly women and girls, had visited the Anthony family plot, some of them after standing in line for over an hour. Five hundred more people were still standing in line.

Some visitors wept as U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter read the beginning of the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions from the first-ever women’s rights conference, held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

Elsewhere on Election Day, Donald Trump was resoundingly booed as he arrived this morning to vote, presumably for himself, in New York City, according to multiple sources. He responded by scurrying into the building, a public school in Midtown Manhattan, according to the website Jezebel.com.

Fox News, however, reported that Trump was cheered more than booed.

In Milwaukee, where there had been fears of voter intimidation ahead of today, voting has so far gone without a hitch, according to Milwaukee Election Commission director Neil Albrecht.

“It’s actually been a very, very good Election Day,” he said.

In the city of Milwaukee, 52,300 early votes were cast before today, both in person and by mail. The total number represents a 37 percent increase over 2012.

Albrecht anticipated that another 130,00 votes would be cast in the city today, which would add up to more than 85 percent of registered voters.

 

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