102-year-old Chicago teacher wears hazmat suit to cast mail-in ballot

A 102-year-old former Chicago teacher donned an unconventional outfit to cast her vote Thursday — a pink and white, full-service hazmat suit.

A picture on the Chicago Teacher’s Union Twitter account captured the moment Beatrice Lumpkin dropped her mail-in ballot into a USPS box: “Good morning! This is 102-year-old CTU retiree Bea Lumpkin casting her vote-by-mail ballot,” the union wrote.

“If Bea can do it, anyone can do it. Vote!”

The longtime Chicago teacher was surrounded by fellow Chicago Teacher Union members as she fulfilled her civic duty, according to Fox News.

“Bea is truly universally beloved in our union, where she remains an active and dedicated retiree who shows up at as many picket lines and union events as she can, and remains very active in our work, plus writes occasionally for our monthly member publication, Chicago Union Teacher, most recently on the desperate need to address climate change,” a spokesman for the CTU told the network.

Lumpkin, despite her age, remains active in the union and, until the pandemic hit, regularly attended protests along with her fellow members — in March of 2019, CTU posted a video on Facebook of her at the age of 100, protesting at the Chicago International Charter School headquarters.

According to the US Census Bureau, people who are 65 and over are more likely to vote. 71 percent of Americans who are 65 and over showed up to the polls in 2016 while only 46 percent of 18 or over Americans turned out to the polls.

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