After 728 days of anticipation, the midterm elections have finally come and gone, and it was an election like we have never seen before.
The total voter turn is still being counted but the 2018 midterms started breaking records before anyone set foot into a booth.
Along with the highest early-voter turnout in a non-presidential election, the midterms broke records for fundraising for congressional elections, total number of candidates, number of female candidates, and the number of LGBTQ candidates.
Despite long lines, bad weather, and voting machine errors, millions went to the polls to exercise their right to vote. Voters in Rochester, New York, honored the woman responsible for so many having that right, Susan B. Anthony.
✅oters are showing up today in the rain @ Mount Hope Cemetery on #ElectionDay. #SusanBAnthony illegally cast her vote in the 1872 election and was arrested. #thisisroc #roc #rochesterny #visitroc 📷: Nina pic.twitter.com/0StztcnIei— ThisIsROC (@rochester) November 6, 2018
A champion of the women’s suffrage movement, Anthony was arrested for two weeks in 1872 after illegally voting in her hometown of Rochester.
Anthony was fined but told the judge she would “never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” Though she wouldn’t live to see women finally win their right to vote in 1920, Anthony was instrumental in making it happen.
It has become a tradition for voters in her hometown to adorn her grave with “I voted” stickers on election day.
The first people arrive at 7:05am here at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY to place their “I Voted” stickers at the grave of Susan B. Anthony. It was November 5, 1872 when Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election, resulting in her arrest. #ElectionDay @News_8 pic.twitter.com/4yklblxbqY— John Kucko (@john_kucko) November 6, 2018
Many were touched by the memorial for Anthony.
I have a photo (on my other computer) of that headstone the evening of the 2016 NYS Primary. Covered the same way. It can make me cry to look at it.— Marti Reed (@homegypsy) November 6, 2018
Ah shit this has literally brought a tear to my eye and I'm not even American.— oscarfranklin #PutItToThePeople (@OscarNMFranklin) November 6, 2018
I am moved to tears!! VOTE. 💙💙💙💙💙🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊— Shirley (@shirley_demarco) November 6, 2018
And those who couldn’t make it to Rochester honored her in other ways.
“Someone struggled for your right to vote, use it.” pic.twitter.com/Ka9hrmRv1o— mac daddy (@weadickk) November 6, 2018
On this day 146 years ago, Susan B. Anthony cast an illegal presidential vote that led to her arrest. Now, women visit her grave on election days to honor her fight for women's suffrage pic.twitter.com/55lM22IRh1— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 6, 2018
Some questioned if marking Anthony’s gravestone was disrespectful but many felt that it was exactly what she would have wanted.
Susan B Anthony would have loved it! She would love that women who are voting are honoring her.— Gary Renshaw (@Renshaw1921) November 7, 2018
She would be proud of the progress women have made in politics and none of it could have happened with her. ❤️ A vote she was never able to cast, but fought long and hard for all women to have a voice.— Heather Wilson (@HDWilson) November 6, 2018
I imagine she’d be honored as millions of us are thankful for all she has done for us!— Jen (@asoiaf_ftw2) November 6, 2018
As Anthony said: “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” Her memorial reminds many that it is not just a right, but a responsibility.
I never take my right to vote for granted. Those women fought hard for us.— beth (@mathdrama) November 6, 2018