Hundreds pay tribute at Susan B. Anthony's grave after voting

Hundreds of people in Rochester, N.Y. are placing their "I Voted" stickers on the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (WHAM)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) -Many waited in line at the polls and then again at Mount Hope Cemetery.

They waited for an hour or more to pay respects to Susan B. Anthony at her gravesite.

Anthony fought for the right for women to vote.

Thousands stood in line for their chance to visit the grave, pose for a picture and place a sticker that read: " I voted because of women like her."

The city set up lights and fences to keep the crowds orderly. Rochester Police also are directing traffic and have closed some entrances of the cemetery.

The public is welcome but should be prepared to walk a bit to get to the gravesite.

For some this was an emotional moment. Amber Courtwright voted for the first time and said she wanted to celebrate that right to vote by visiting Susan B. Anthony's gravesite.

She said she couldn't decide who to vote for until today but knew she would spend her time afterwards paying tribute to the woman who helped pave the way so that all women could have the chance to vote.

Mayor Lovely Warren and Rep, Louise Slaughter both stopped at the gravesite after casting this ballot. They called this a day to celebrate history and experience it.

The city extended the hours for the cemetery to allow crowds to visit. It will be open until

9:30 p.m. Tuesday..

Over the last few days, Rochester has gained national attention for extending hours in the cemetery so that voters can place their "I Voted" stickers on the gravesite. It is a common practice, but drew attention after Mayor Lovely Warren's decision on Friday.


Voters supporting several of this year's presidential candidates are standing in line to pay their respects, some even bringing their children along to teach them a valuable lesson about the woman who was instrumental in the women's suffrage movement of the early 20th century.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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