- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A 97-year-old Chinese immigrant who just became a U.S. citizen is ready to vote in her first Minnesota election.

The Minnesota League of Women Voters-Winona says Chengyi Pan (cheng pahn), originally from Tianjin (tyan-jin), China, had been living with her daughter in Winona for the past five years.

Chengyi applied for citizenship as soon as she was eligible, and at 97, because a U.S. citizen on Sept. 30.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank came to Winona and presided over her oath.

KAGE-AM reports Chengyi has registered online through the Minnesota secretary of state’s office and is ready to vote on Nov. 4 at her polling place in the Winona nursing home where she now lives.

She told witnesses at her ceremony she is thankful to be in the United States.

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Information from: KAGE-AM, http://www.winonaradio.com

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