Why hundreds of people are putting 'I Voted' stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave

The stickers honor the woman who dedicated her life to women's suffrage, but never got to cast a ballot herself.
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Women and men are celebrating their right to vote with the woman who started it all – Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony's grave at Mt. Hope Cemetery in southern Rochester, New York, becomes somewhat of a shrine to women's rights every year, as ladies visit to proudly place an "I Voted" sticker on her headstone.

The stickers are a symbol of respect and appreciation for Anthony, who dedicated her life to women's suffrage, but never got to cast a ballot herself.

Anthony was an activist who worked on several historical issues including women's rights, equality, and slavery. She was even arrested in Rochester in 1872 for voting and refused to pay the fine when she was found guilty. Her work for women's suffrage paved the way for the Nineteenth Amendment – sadly, Anthony passed away before women got the right to vote.

And with this year being the first time in America's history that a female presidential candidate is on the ballot with one of the major parties, the tradition is more popular than ever.

Hundreds of people have been lining up to honor Anthony. CNN said so far the line there has been very long, but that the people waiting are peaceful.

You can even watch it happening in real time on a live stream here, courtesy of News 8 in Rochester.

Live broadcast: Susan B. Anthony resting place

Posted by News 8 WROC Rochester on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The cemetery usually closes at 5:30 p.m., but they'll be staying open until 9 p.m. to accommodate everyone, the cemetery announced in anticipation of Election Day.

"Visiting Susan B. Anthony's gravesite has become Election Day rite of passage for many citizens in Rochester and with this year's historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close," Mayor Lovely Warren said in a news release.

Yeah, it's against the rules – but no one seems to care

Although putting a sticker on any grave is against the rules at Mt. Hope, no one has ever objected over the years, Democrat & Chronicle says. And Mayor Warren believes Anthony would have approved anyway.

"I can imagine she would have wanted to be a part of the significant history this year's election holds for women. It's only proper that we invite Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment," Warren said.

The city will allow it to go on, but they've started moving stickers from the 178-year-old burial ground to a commemorative poster board as the tokens continued to pile up, Democrat & Chronicle noted.

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