Even behind the hazmat-style hood that partially covered her face, Beatrice Lumpkin was grinning.

In a photo shared by the Chicago Teachers Union last week, the 102-year-old is gripping her ballot with gloved hands, wearing personal protective gear she said was designed by her grandson. She voted by mail in what she calls the “most important election of my life.”

But first, amid an ongoing pandemic in which federal health officials have advised that adults 85 and older are among those at the greatest risk for severe illness, she needed to suit up.

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