Powerful story about Dora Fitzgerald, 93, and the importance of voting:

On the morning of Oct. 8, Fitzgerald scratched her signature on an absentee ballot from a bed in her North Charleston, S.C., home, where she had moved to be close to some of her nine children.

She died an hour after the ballot was mailed, said her son, Terry Fitzgerald, of Woodland Road in Foxboro.

“During the election season, she took a liking to Barack Obama and decided she would stick around long enough to vote for him in November – at least that long,” Terry Fitzgerald said.