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PART OF THE NORTH MIAMI PUBLIC LIBRARY TO BE NAMED AFTER 102 YEAR OLD VOTER, DESILINE VICTOR

North Miami, FL – 3/7/2013

The ordeal that Ms. Desiline Victor, age 102, went through to cast her vote on the first day of early voting last October should be a thing of the past. Her story of patience and perseverance to stand in line for several hours has gone national, with the help from President Obama last month as Ms. Victor sat proudly in the First Lady’s box at the State of the Union address. Born in Haiti in 1910, Ms. Victor immigrated to the United States in 1989 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. She cast her first vote during the 2008 presidential election.

On February 25, 2013, North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre, joined State Senator Oscar Braynon and several voting rights activists at the North Miami Public Library, to introduce legislation sponsored by Senator Braynon that would give everyone free and easy access to vote. The bill is referred to as “Desilines’ Free and Fair Democracy Act.”

The next day, on February 26, 2013, Mayor Pierre made a motion at the North Miami City Council meeting to name the Library’s program room, as the “Desiline Victor Voting Wing.” The motion passed 5 to 0. The entire program room will be dedicated in Ms. Victor’s honor. A dedication event will be held in April.

Additionally, Ms. Desiline was also voted into the North Miami Hall of Fame. and an induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 21st at 11:30 a.m. as part of the City’s overall Women’s History Month festivities.
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