2012 is an American election year. The media is rife with coverage of the Republican primaries as Mitt Romney goes head to head with Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, Democratic President Barak Obama is waiting on the sidelines to meet his GOP opponent.
Seniors take their electoral privilege seriously and head to the ballot boxes when primaries pass through their state. But seniors in Assisted Living and Continuing Care facilities face mobility problems. Often the polls are held within residences to make it easier.
"You've got to tell them in the primary how you vote," Joy Parker Orr, 72, of Village Manor, TN told The Marshall County Tribune. And she unabashedly admitted for voting for the Democratic candidate, Barak Obama. "It's not that he's running unopposed [in the primary.] It's that he will have my vote in the general election," she told the media source.
The Tennessee primary will take place on "Super Tuesday" in 2012 on March 6th.
To cast a vote in a primary, registered voters must decide on the Republican or the Democratic Primary. Independents don't have a primary. Orr participated with assistance from county poll workers. They brought ballots to residents of assisted living centers in Marshall County.
"You need two good parties to work off each other to exchange ideas," Orr told The Marshall County Tribune. "You can't run a country one-sided. You have to have ideas that come together and work together, and work for the good of all the people in the country."
"I was never in the leadership" of the county party, Orr told the media source. "I helped with the fish fries, bean suppers and the country ham breakfasts, sometimes."
"Normally, I would vote at the polls and early," Orr said. But now she finds,"it's convenient" to vote from her living room.