Willard Bailey insisted on being the one to place his ballot in his mailbox.
The 87-year-old is nearly blind and gets around with a walker, his son-in-law Tim Rodabaugh said.
“It’s just a struggle to get to the mailbox,” Rodabaugh said of his father-in-law.
But, he said, there is no excuse not to vote.
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His wife of more than 60 years, Juanita, saw him dressed in a light-blue, button-down shirt and jeans and wielding his walker as he came up the walkway of their Myakka City home. The conservative voter had just sent off his ballot, and the American flag in front their yard billowed in the wind.
To her, a perfect picture.
Bailey’s son-in-law said he served in the Korean War and told him that he’s so adamant to vote because so many died for that right.
“I think it’s admirable,” he chuckled, thinking of his father-in-law’s persistent nature.
Early voting in Manatee County continues Friday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, before Election Day on Nov. 8.
EARLY VOTING SITES IN MANATEE COUNTY
Supervisor of Elections Office — 600 301 Blvd. W. No. 118, Bradenton
Palmetto Library — 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Rocky Bluff Library — 6750 U.S. Hwy 301, Ellenton
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall — 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch
West Manatee Fire & Rescue Administration — 6417 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton
Voting sites are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 5.