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Here's "one person that always made that a part of their life," Andersen said. "Voting's part of our country. That's how we're created. That's how we guide ourselves."

PANAMA CITY Surrounded by family, cameras, reporters and the Bay County Supervisor of Elections, 103 year old Ruth Conklin basked in the attention Tuesday.

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county were conducting voter registration drives.

Though a nursing home resident, Conklin remains independent, set in her ways, starting each morning with her daily newspaper. Her hearing isn't what it used to be, but she remains alert, interested and an active voter.

Conklin was one of nine centenarians Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen visited Tuesday, bestowing on them a certificate and commorative coin celebrating the fact that, even past the century mark, they still vote.

The idea of visiting centenarians stemmed from the fact that the Supervisor of Elections office, like Bay County, is 100 years old this year. That triggered the idea to find the county's oldest still voting residents and recognize them. Andersen said it was an "awesome" opportunity.

"I appreciate this; it's an honor," said Conklin, who came to the county 20 years ago from Tennessee.

And how does Conklin vote? Straight Republican, O'Neal said, adding, with a laugh, "There's no other party."

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PHOTO GALLERY: Centenarian voters

The twice widowed Conklin now uses an absentee ballot, but she still exercises her democratic duty, a right women gained during her lifetime, when the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920.

"When you look at their lives and what they've gone through, they're amazing individuals," he said.

Conklin was one of nine centenarians Elections Supervisor Mark Andersen visited Tuesday, bestowing on them a certificate and commorative coin celebrating the fact that, even past the century mark, they still vote.

The twice widowed Conklin now uses an absentee ballot, but she still exercises her democratic duty, a right women gained during her lifetime, when the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920.

"She taught us how important it is to vote, so it's a family tradition; we always vote," she said.

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Though a nursing home resident, Conklin remains independent, set in her ways, starting each morning with her daily newspaper. Her hearing isn't what it used to be, but she remains alert, interested and an active voter.

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"They're the pillars of democracy," he said.

"It's a win win for Bay County any way you look at it," Andersen said of the day's events.

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PANAMA CITY Surrounded by family, cameras, reporters and the Bay County Supervisor of Elections, 103 year old Ruth Conklin basked in the attention Tuesday.

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Conklin believes democracy must be supported and the public must take part in it by casting a ballot, O'Neal said.

said Conklin, who came to the county 20 years ago from Tennessee.

VIDEO: Honoring Bay County centenarians

PHOTO GALLERY: Centenarian voters

He said these visits put in perspective the excuses people make for not voting even at their advanced age, these seniors still cast their ballots.

Years and Counting," with Bay County set against an American flag on the front and an image of the Election Day band at the county's first election on the back.

In addition to the nine visits, Andersen said he was sending out about five coins to those who requested they be sent through the mail. He said the ultimate goal is to recognize those who Skechers Mens Dress Shoes have hit the 100 year mark, and he plans to turn this into an annual event, visiting the county's centenarians everySept. 24.

Conklin's daughter, Jean O'Neal, said her mother held similar views.

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"You have to vote, let your feelings be known and then get out and support what you think, and that's what she taught us," O'Neal said, adding it was a "fantastic idea" to honor the county's centenarians.

Andersen timed his trek to the various residences and nursing homes to coincide with National Voter Registration Day, which was Tuesday. He said in addition to his pilgrimage to the most seasoned voters, 10 sites around the Vans High

"It's an honor to be able to do this; I'm humbled," Andersen said.

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VIDEO: Honoring Bay County centenarians

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