103-year-old Santa Fe woman has voted in every election since 1936

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Santa Fe woman has now voted in 21 presidential elections and says every election she lives to see is another milestone in her life.

“I thought it was everybody’s right to have a chance to choose and make up their own minds.”

That’s the mindset Sadie Martinez Ochoa has carried with her through life, all 103 years of it. She’s stood strong with that even with it wasn’t popular. In 1936, she voted for Franklin D. Roosevelt, a risky decision in her conservative household.

“I told my father, this is a free country, so I’m old enough to choose. I’m going to vote Democrat and that’s it!”

She has passed along her strong views to her children. Sadie’s daughter says she credits her mom for teaching her the importance of voting.

“Once she became a Democrat, there was no good Republican, and I think we all kind of adopted that,” said Louella Hardin.

Now at 103 years old, she can’t believe some of the things she’s seen in her lifetime.

“President Obama, a black president, and Clinton, a woman, that’s something great that’s happening in my life.”

Every election she lives to see is another check off her list.

“She uses often times as milestones and hopes that she’ll reach that year and not die before that time,” said Hardin.

As far as making it to the next election?

“I hope so, that is if i don’t have a heart attack or something,” she said.

Sadie says her secret to a long life is to just keep going. She has six kids and they make sure to vote in every election.

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