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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 11:20 AM

How do we help seniors who didn't vote by mail to avoid

standing in long lines at the polls? I'm thinking rides to the polls and people who can be place savers in the lines. Any other ideas?

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Reply How do we help seniors who didn't vote by mail to avoid (Original post)
Raven Sep 20 OP
State the Obvious Sep 20 #1
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 20 #2
State the Obvious Sep 20 #3
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Response to Raven (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 11:47 AM

1. Helping Seniors is a wonderful way to "contribute" to GOTV

Many "olders" are shy/ intimidated and might not know how (or who) to ask for help. So ask them. Can I help you in anyway? This would be a great way for "youngers" to participate. I've always liked the idea of different generation matchups. They help and learn from each other......winning combination.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 12:08 PM

2. It depends on where they live.

There is still plenty of time to get an absentee/vote by mail ballot in every state.

Many states have good early in person voting, and usually the lines are not so long in those places. If you are in one of those states, try getting them to early voting.

If it's in one of those states (Pennsylvania comes to mind) which doesn't have early in person voting, there may be no way to avoid standing in a long line on Election Day. But if you know seniors in that state who wouldn't do well standing in a long line, especially if the weather is lousy, then try very hard to get them to get an absentee ballot.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 12:19 PM

3. There are many variables

It's important to keep that in mind....and ACT accordingly.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 12:51 PM

4. I know of precincts where poll workers would bring ballots to the curb

for voters who would have difficulty getting inside and waiting. I was a poll worker at various times and precincts. Usually all it took was asking.

One particular such case was a clear-minded and tearfull voter who cast his last ballot for Barack Obama. He was so proud, so grateful, so hopeful. That was my father.

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