Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

November 15, 2012

Show compassion for disabled voters

As my husband and I voted this year as we do for all elections at the Glenwood School in Green Valley, we continuously come up with a situation we complain about every time we go vote.

It is such an easy fix but no one seems to address it.  

My husband and I were in line for 30 minutes. He is disabled and cannot stand for any length of time. I was there with a recent foot operation and many were there disabled, on canes, etc. Why in the world would they have only one empty chair in the entire gymnasium for people who cannot stand? It’s a disgrace for the handicap.

They could at the very least pull out one section of those folding bleachers and allow us  to sit until it’s our turn, especially when the people were backed out the door to the school.

I do want to commend a very nice man name Ernie Gilliam, (employed at Princeton High School) who was in line waiting to vote and went not once but twice to find a few chairs to help us be able to wait to vote.

He also told the poll workers and someone informed him of where they could get more chairs. One of the poll workers told me to contact a man name Verlin at the courthouse to address this situation.

I will do that soon. I just want to have some compassion on those who cannot stand in long lines.

It won’t cost the taxpayers a penny.  Thank you for listening.

Randy & Lucia Burress

Princeton

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