Right to vote?
Oct 25, 2016 | 5777 views | 0 0 comments | 266 266 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

It has always been my understanding that the purpose of an absentee ballot was to serve disabled people, shut-ins and deployed military people far from the convenience of a polling place.

I have had polio since the age of nine months and cannot walk without a crutch, nor stand for a protracted length of time, especially now that my ankle is causing me frequent, severe pain.

Imagine my shock and astonishment when I read the note on the mailing envelope for the ballot which stated: “Unless sufficient postage is affixed to this envelope it will not be received by the Board of Elections. Inquire at the post office as to amount of postage necessary.”

Requiring a handicapped/disabled individual to get to a post office and then wait on the line to get an envelope weighed and pay for the postage is quite thoughtless, almost to the point of being cruel.

We didn’t ask to be disabled and we would gladly be like everyone else if that was possible, so why are we penalized? Can’t you use post-paid envelopes or let us know the exact postage?

It is every American’s right and duty to vote, shouldn’t the Board of Elections and the US Postal Service actively support this effort and not create barriers?

Sincerely,

Marie Proto

Little Neck

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