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Voter Intimidation

Voter Intimidation

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Published by: Vicki McKenna on Oct 18, 2012
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Hello, My name Is (withheld), and I have worked as a CNA at an assisted living facility in my areafor three years. I have witnessed many coalitions for absentee voting at this nursing home. Ingeneral, the representatives who contact the residents under the care of our facility are pushy,and disrespectful, but I have never seen the absurdity, and aggression with which the peoplewho came to the home to get absentee votes conducted themselves this last week for thisupcoming presidential election. During the initial day where our residents were able to casttheir votes, those with the presence of mind, and desire to do so completed the processaccording to their own prerogative. Things went pretty much as usual.
While the absentee ballot “helpers” were slightly
condescending to the elderly citizens, asking
them who they were voting for, and repeatedly asking them “Now, are you sure?”,referencing
the individuals choice of candidate, and I could help but notice the obvious liberal agendadisplayed, the purpose of their presence in the facility was being completed sufficiently.However, on the second day, the volunteers started in on the seniors who did not express
interest, and even more disturbingly, those whom suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and
Dementia, as well as those who openly resisted casting a ballot, giving the reason that they
didn’t keep up with the election, don’t know what any candidate stood for, and didn’t feel
comfortable voting.
Instead of RESPECTING these individuals’ right to decline cast
ing a vote, they were badgered tothe point where they would cast a vote for the sheer desire to be left alone. At one point, I
counted SIX ballot collectors enter a resident’s room at once with the intention of convincing
them to vote, after the woman had
already said she would rather not vote. The patient’s
families were outraged, as well as the staff of the facility. The family members of those beingbadgered would come and try to keep them out of the building for as long as they could, tohelp their loved ones avoid the bombardment and assault of these people. The family membersthat came to help their senior parents and grandparents, were chastised by the absenteerepresentatives, if they helped their loved one in any way, even as the reps stood by to overseetheir guidance.One member of our living community had asked her daughter, who was also her Power of Attorney, to help her with the ballot, and when the finished ballot was presented, it wassubsequently torn up, as the absentee volunteer informed these two voters that THEY were theonly ones who could assist the residents with their ballots. The manner in which these seniorswere being treated during this process was completely ridiculous. Many of these individuals
don’t know their own name, wher
e they are, or what decade they are in.
When the absentee officials were told of the patient’s mental status, the professionals who
care for them day in and day out, and are very familiar with their medical conditions, and theirstatus of awareness, were completely disregarded. I felt that the people who I care for, andcare about, were being disrespected, and mistreated during this event. Being openly asked who
you are voting for, and, given a hard time when the absentee voting representative didn’t agre
ewith the answer presented, is completely unjust. As Americans, these people deserve the right

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