East Tennessean casts ballot in every election for 73 years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's every Americans' civic duty to vote, but can you imagine voting for over 70 years? Volunteer TV found one man who has done just that.

Joseph Miraglia is a 94-year-old voter who remembers what it was like when he voted for the first time in 1937.

"There were long lines you know they were urgent to vote," shares Joseph.

He was 21-years-old, gasoline was 10 cents a gallon, the unemployment rate was at 14.3 percent, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President, and America was in the middle of the Great Depression.

Joseph said, "I saw America come out of a depression because I grew up in the depression. I had to go to work when I was 14 years of old and I had to go to night school."

Times were tough, but Joseph had faith in his country, just like he does today.

"I saw good things in America and I have the confidence in America and we will beat them and we'll come out of it," said Joseph.

And, he still remembers songs that make him proud to be an American. "The songs we use to sing in the assembly, 'My Country Tis' of Thee' was one of them. You know there's so many patriotic songs and I still feel them it's an emotional thing."

Joseph told us that his sister lived to be 101-years-old, so he's pretty sure he'll have plenty of time to continue his voting streak.


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