If you haven't registered to vote or have yet to cast a ballot or think that your vote doesn't matter, please consider Lupita Portillo. Telemundo reports
that the 102-year-old California resident became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and she'll be voting for the first time today.
Portillo is featured in a new documentary called American Dream
, in which she proclaims, "One vote can make a difference."
Portillo was born in Autlan, Mexico, in October 1912. She came to the U.S. in 1963 and has worked much of her adult life in a factory sewing shoulders onto dress shirts. She became a permanent resident in the 1990s and had to wait an extended amount of time for her citizenship because she doesn't know English and had to take the citizenship test in Spanish. She's the mother of 11, with 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In particular, Portillo is anxious to cast her ballot today because she wants to see comprehensive immigration reform in her lifetime, which is already historic.