CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Frances Banks has voted in every primary, general and special election for the last 65 years, and the 94-year-old resident of Shepherdstown, W.Va., still gets energized about the idea of voting.
When asked during a ceremony Thursday what wisdom she would give to young people about voting, she replied, "Get registered."
"I think you can do it by mail now," Banks said.
In an afternoon ceremony before the Jefferson County Commission, Banks was inducted into the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame by Secretary of State Betty Ireland.
Ireland said the idea of the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame is to honor longtime voters who have helped uphold the principles of democracy.
Through the honor program, county clerks in each of West Virginia's 55 counties are asked to submit the name of the oldest voter in the county who has voted at least 50 consecutive years, Ireland said.