Voters Mark Election Day at Susan B. Anthony's Grave

Some people were leaving yellow roses, which was a symbol of the women's suffrage movement

Some voters are going from the polls to the cemetery in upstate New York in order to pay respect to women's suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony.

A reporter for The New York Times tweeted a photo of about 250 people waiting in line to pay their respects to Anthony, who died in 1906, 14 years before the 19th Amendment was enacted, giving women the right to vote.

Among the visitors was Nora Rubel, the director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. She told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that she went to the polls and the grave with her two daughters in order to share the experience.

Some people were leaving yellow roses, which was a symbol of the women's suffrage movement, according to reports.  

Anthony had been at the forefront of advocating for women’s right to vote and was even arrested for illegally voting in the 1872 election. Voters have been leaving “I Voted” stickers on her tombstone for weeks now as homage to Anthony's advocacy.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said visiting the gravesite has become an Election Day “rite of passage for many citizens.” She also said it was appropriate to keep Mount Hope open as Hillary Clinton, the first women nominee for a major political party, is on the ballot for this election.

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Special measures have been put in place to accommodate the crowds, including extended hours, guides and security on sight. The cemetery usually closes at 5 p.m., but has extended its visiting hours to 9 p.m. Tuesday to allow for more Election Day visitors.

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