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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Media lies

Quick note: If any of you have read off AP or heard on NPR this morning a sweet story about a 103-year-old Ohio woman who has voted in every election since 1920, IT'S A LIE. Somebody needs to do the math -- if she's 103, that means she was born around 1901, making her 19 years old in 1920. The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, wasn't passed until the Vietnam War, meaning that anyone still living who voted in 1920 would have to be at least 105 today, due to the 21-year-old voting age at that time.

I'm sure the woman, who said in the article she'd be up late watching results tonight, sincerely believes she voted for Warren G. Harding. But either her age is wrong, or she's not remembering correctly. Given that my 101-year-old great grandmother thought my 57-year-old father was fighting in Afghanistan shortly before she died last spring (she was off by a couple wars), I'm thinking that's pretty likely.

Stop the madness!