99-year-old man prepares to vote for the first time

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Next Tuesday is the statewide Primary Runoff Election. This is a special election for 99-year-old John McQueen because it will be his first time voting.

"I feel good for it being the first time," said John McQueen.

McQueen spent his entire life in Montgomery. He had four children with his wife, who died nine years ago.

"I didn't have but one. We were married 43 years before God called her away from me," said Mr. McQueen.

His secret to living almost a century is simple.

"I didn't do nothing wrong, I didn't do no drinking. The only thing I did was stay on the farm and work hard," he said.

McQueen, who turned 99 on July 4, said he never had an interest in politics. It wasn't until his pastor talked with him that he was convinced to register to vote in the upcoming election.

"He kept on at me so I decided I would just go ahead and go on," said McQueen.

He hopes his decision will encourage young people to exercise their right to vote.

"I want to teach them the right way to go. I don't want to teach them anything wrong," said McQueen.

McQueen's election day plan is to go to his polling place in Montgomery with his pastor.

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