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'It's never too late,' says 102-year-old voting in her first national US election

California woman Guadalupe Portillo is 102 years old, but she had never voted in a national U.S. election until Tuesday. Originally from Mexico, Portillo came to the United States in the 1980s as a legal resident and just last year became a U.S. citizen by taking the oath of citizenship. A resident of the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, she cherished her chance to vote in Tuesday's e

California woman Guadalupe Portillo is 102 years old, but she had never voted in a national U.S. election until Tuesday. 

Originally from Mexico, Portillo came to the United States in the 1980s as a legal resident and just last year became a U.S. citizen by taking the oath of citizenship. A resident of the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, she cherished her chance to vote in Tuesday's election because she hopes to see immigration reform in her lifetime. 

"That's why I'm voting," she told NBC Los Angeles. "I may be old, but I'm one more voice."

Portillo, who voted in the California primaries over the summer, was disappointed in reports about voter apathy among Latinos. 

"It's never too late," she said. "Here I am at my age still fighting, and you won't even vote?"

Portillo's persistence is reminiscent of Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Miami woman who stood in line for three hours waiting to vote in the 2012 presidential election in Florida. Victor, a Haitian immigrant, became a U.S. citizen in 2005. 

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