How Former Sharecropper Became Supercharged Voter Motivator In Alabama

Perman Handy has spent 25 years doing what she can to get every voter in her county to vote on election day.

Perman Handy knows the importance of being a voter.

She is a former Alabama sharecropper who knows how to grow things.

Grow crops.

Grow grassroots movements. has a beautiful story of how Handy helped shaped this week’s Senate runoff election in Alabama.

They make the case that she helped propel Democrat Doug Jones to victory of Republican Roy Moore.

This 59-year-old dynamo has spent most of her free time for the last 25 years making sure every eligible voter in Lowndes County finds their way to the voting booth on election day.

She was at it again on Tuesday.



Pushing everyone she could to go vote.

This is especially important in a majority-black county with a population of just 10,458 people. reports on Tuesday, like she says she does every time Alabamians head to the polls, Hardy spent more than 10 hours driving registered voters to polling stations who did not have transportation or were otherwise unable to make the trip without help. Over the course of the day, she personally drove more than 50 people to polling sites across Lowndes County.

Doug Jones won with a slim 1.5% victory over Moore.

Without a dynamo like Handy, that would never happen.

Is there a greater way to express the magnificence of being an American than helping and encouraging folks to vote?

I think not.

Who is your election hero?

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How Former Sharecropper Became Supercharged Voter Motivator In Alabama

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