Caitlin Flynn
November 02, 2016 6:25 pm
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The 2016 election has been an emotional roller coaster — and plenty of our emotions have, for good reason, been negative. But a viral video of a tearful mom leaving the polls after voting for Hillary Clinton is a powerful reminder that Americans are making history as we speak by casting our ballots for the first female presidential nominee of a major party. It’s a deeply meaningful, emotional experience for many people — and Sarah Dean recorded a video of her mom, 60-year-old Vickie Wilkinson of Montana, who was overcome with emotion after after voting for Clinton.

Dean, who drove Wilkinson to the polling station, said her mom’s reaction put things into perspective for her. Despite this painful election cycle, we have a lot to be excited about — because we’re all making history by voting for Clinton.

As she turned in her ballot, Wilkinson reflected on how far our country has come. “The fight and struggle just to vote for an intelligent, qualified, viable woman ― it was just sort of overwhelming to me on that morning. And I was thanking God that I was able to do this,” she said.

By this time next week, hopefully we’ll have another reason to cry with joy. We may finally have the opportunity to say “Madam President” — and that’s a beautiful thing.

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