Mother of nine votes for the first time

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -  There are nearly 200,000 new Mississippi voters. While many of them were waiting to be of legal age, one woman said she was just waiting for the right time.

Renee Hall is a 52-year-old mother of nine.

"Matter of fact, my son is 18 today. He got his card and he's voting," Hall said.

Like her youngest child, she's also a first time voter.

"Through the years you think about it and you say well, there's a time in your life when your voice has to be heard," Hall said.

She said over the years she was always discouraged by both local and national candidates. But with the emergence of a hotly contested presidential race, this mother had a change of heart.

"It helps these young people see that, not so much about color, but somebody that has some kind of principle about people in general standing a chance to get ahead in life," said Hall.

Like many people at the polls, Hall is concerned about the economy.

"Back in the day when I was working, they had jobs for everybody. Even if it was just a street sweeper, somebody had a job. They need to get back to jobs for everybody, because if they did, some of these programs would be obsolete," Hall said.

That's why Hall is making the commitment to show up at the polls for the rest of her life in hopes of making a change.