Tyler (KYTX) -- One woman wasted no time getting to the polls on the first day of early voting ahead of the March 4th primary election.
"Voting is one of our great American freedoms. And because it is one of our freedoms, I always try to take advantage of it," Earline Andrews, a longtime voter in Tyler, said.
And she's no stranger to the polls, at 103 years old.
"I feel blessed," Andrews said.
With a friend driving her, she's able to walk in to the polls without help and exercise her right.
"I'm still carrying on my convictions of what I believe in for our country," Andrews said.
She's been voting for candidates ever since she became eligible in the 1920s, with a good example in front of her.
"I was interested in all of them, because my parents were active in voting," Andrews said.
While she wouldn't divulge who she's supported in the past, she did tell us one.
"Ronald Reagan. He was not afraid to stand up and voice his opinion for our country," Andrews said.
Now she is the one standing up with a message for members of the younger generation who may not take it as seriously.
"They are disregarding one of the greatest freedoms a man could have," Andrews said.
She and many others cast their ballot on the first day of early voting. "Usually the first day is really steady, and each day thereafter it trails and gets heavier and heavier," Karen Nelson, Smith County Elections Administrator, said.
Early voting runs through February 28th. We have a list of polling locations and times throughout East Texas posted under our "hot button" tab.