Voting for the elderly

  • Article by: Frank Cerabino , Cox Newspapers
  • Updated: March 1, 2013 - 6:37 PM

Though Desiline Victor was invited to the State of the Union for her perseverance, her story wasn’t totally dire.

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jdlellis1Mar. 1, 13 9:15 PM

Spin, spin, spin! But the those on the left state they don't play those games.

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pumiceMar. 1, 1310:38 PM

TAKE TWO: I'm glad I read your whole commentary, Frank Cerabino, instead of stopping after the blame-the-victim section where you rebuked Ms. Victor for trying to vote on "one of the three weekend days when many working people also tried to vote early." (As if she drove herself to her polling place. As if Florida hadn't reduced the number of weekend early voting days.) In any event, this line--"The last census found that in the whole country there are 53,364 centenarians, which means that there are probably no more than 50,000 in Florida"--made the slog worthwhile.

By the way, I like your idea of allowing centenarians to jump the queue. In addition, perhaps every American should be required to register for Selective Service. Then Selective Service registration rolls could be automatically merged with voter registration rolls. Perhaps the big-box-store policy of opening a new line whenever there are three people waiting in line should be implemented at the polls. States should celebrate the fact that citizens want to vote and encourage every eligible citizen to vote.

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pitythetoolsMar. 1, 1310:55 PM

She could have requested an absentee ballot and avoided the lines. More liberal whining. Maybe we should just bring a voting booth to every liberals home. And all this time liberals claim they are so smart!

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elmore1Mar. 2, 13 7:27 AM

My Dad is 92, has current and valid photo ID, is registered and had no problem voting. They had early voting for all of the residents in the retirement community where he lives. He would tell you that the "suppression conspiracy" is a bunch of baloney. A little initiative for the right to vote is not a big deal.

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windigolakeMar. 2, 13 9:53 AM

elmore: Where you live and who runs the voting makes all the difference in the world. In Florida, every effort was made by the GOP Secretary of State to make it more difficult for districts that were largely minority to vote easily. Does your father live in a community like North Miami or perhaps he lives in a largely Republican community where the GOP makes sure that voters can vote easily. Voter suppression by the Republican machine is rampant and your father's situation does nothing to change that. Plus, he's ten years younger than Desiline Victor!

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pumiceMar. 2, 13 2:11 PM

Re: "Does your father live in a community like North Miami or perhaps he lives in a largely Republican community where the GOP makes sure that voters can vote easily." Isn't that what elmore1 meant when he wrote, "A little initiative for the right to vote is not a big deal."

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