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Bastrop women ages 91 and 101 vote Clinton

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When it comes to the history of voting, most of us have only read about it.

For Lenore Brieger and Jewel Hodges, each textbook page is a vivid memory.

"We've come a long way because back in my time, I don't suppose women were able to vote," Brieger said.

These women participated in early voting to support their candidate of choice.

"Well I'm voting for Hillary Clinton," Brieger said.

At 101 and 91 years old, Brieger and Hodges were both young when voting rights were passed.

Neither ever expected to see a woman run for president.

"I thank God if he lets me live to see it," Hodges said. "That's why I'm standing here right now, getting ready to vote for the first woman president."

Hodges spent 67 years working for civil rights.

"I know the price that had to be paid for me to come and cast this ballot so I take it very, very seriously," Hodges said.

Though she doesn't plan to vote for Sen. Barack Obama, Hodges is equally proud to see an African-American in the presidential race.

"I take a pride and joy that he's receiving that kind of reception, but again, I know what price was paid for him to even be received," Hodges said.

Though they remember the past, they continue to look ahead and hope more women will have their say, whatever it may be.

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