. These voters sat out in 2016. Now they could determine the next U.S. president « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Reuters – Iowa resident LeAnne Putman-Thomas has watched her country pursue wars, endure recessions and elect its first Black president. Yet the 53-year-old never felt compelled to vote.

That changed this month, when she went to an early voting center to cast a ballot for Democrat Joe Biden – or, more accurately, to vote out Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

“His presidency has ignited something bad that was festering in this country,” said the self-employed embroiderer, who lives in Adel, a small town of 5,500 people outside Des Moines. “I want to be part of the solution.”

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