Many citizens not mobile enough to cast ballots at far-flung precincts

February 27, 2014 

I can almost bet that D.W. Rooken-Smith (Letters, "Elections supervisor makes good case for poll closures," Feb. 21) has never had to stand in long lines or walk miles barefoot to vote because there was probably a precinct that was very accessible.

While some people prefer to vote by mail, not all voters are comfortable with this process and they have the right to choose their form of voting.

Citizens of Manatee County have been given the right to vote through the blood, sweat and tears of many and they should be afforded this right without impediments.

While it is true that I will do whatever is necessary to cast my vote and I have the means to drive miles to vote, not every citizen is in this position. As a matter of fact, my precinct is within walking distance and I am in good health; however, that is not the case for every voter in Manatee County.

After all, we do have a large number of seniors living in our county who don't have means nor ability to drive or walk miles to vote.

Don't judge another person until you walk in their shoes.

Leonard Copeland


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