Election Day visitors honor Susan B. Anthony’s grave

"I Voted" stickers placed on headstone of Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday. (Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle/THV 11)
"I Voted" stickers placed on headstone of Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday. (Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle/THV 11)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Some voters are going from the polls to the cemetery in upstate New York in order to pay respect to women’s suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony.

Video from WROC-TV shows a steady stream of people at Rochester’s Mount Hope cemetery decorating Anthony’s grave with “I Voted” stickers and American flags. Some are leaving yellow roses, which was a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement.

"I Voted" stickers placed on headstone of Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday. (Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle/THV 11)
“I Voted” stickers placed on headstone of Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday. (Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle/THV 11)

Among the visitors was Nora Rubel, the director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. She tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she went to the polls and the grave with her two daughters in order to share the experience.

The cemetery has extended its visiting hours to 9 p.m. Tuesday to allow for more Election Day visitors.

Anthony, alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, fought for women’s rights for decades. In 1872, she was arrested for voting in Rochester and convicted in a trial that gained national attention. Widely criticized for her beliefs in the late 19th century, Anthony was hailed as a hero, even before her death in 1906 as popular opinion slowly changed to favor women’s voting rights.

Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.

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