Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Voting from a hospital bed

When 91-year-old Armand Droz was admitted to the emergency room Tuesday morning in Tallahassee, Florida, he was devastated that he wouldn’t get to vote. But, thanks to his granddaughter, iReporter Christie Orros, he still got to cast his vote from his hospital bed. Christie called the local election office and arranged for her grandfather to vote by absentee ballot. She snapped us a picture of him voting.

 

Soon after voting, Armand’s symptoms grew worse. “He crashed right after this,” Christie said. “He told my grandmother and I goodbye.” Doctors were able to save him, removing the liquid that had accumulated in his lungs.

 

Armand has congestive heart failure. Armand, the patriarch of the family, pushed the entire family to vote, regardless of which candidate they were voting for. He switched his vote from Sen. John McCain to president-elect Barack Obama a night before Election Day. A recent article in Time was what ended Armand’s waffling between the two candidates.

 

“We’re a very tight-knit, Southern family,” Christie said. “Most of the people voted for McCain, except for me and him.” Armand didn’t believe his vote counted until his granddaughter returned later and showed him the stamp on the ballot from the elections office. Christie even presented him with an “I voted” sticker. Last we heard this afternoon, Armand was doing better and resting in the ICU. We hope for his speedy recovery.

20 Comments
November 5, 2008
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Christie, that is a good work. Keep it up. You are a true patriot. The story is also a nice one. Weldone!

Nkechi

November 5, 2008
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CNN you owe America a big apology!  You were bought off just like the election was!  To start Obama agreed to stay within the limits that him and McCain had agreed to, that was only the first broken promise. You say it was a landslide, what are you talking about take a look at the popular vote numbers.  Dollar for dollar McCain won! As a voice of the people you, CNN, spent the whole campaign mocking and belittleing the Republicans.  You also owe our state of Alaska a big apology.  You smeared our state and our choice of Governor even to go as far as to make the remark you'd regurgitate if Palin thought of running again. You let someone tell you right on live TV he voted more than once but he was from Harlem, if he was a McCain supporter you would of ran that into the ground!  You also have voters telling you here in this blog that they voted more than once but do you think we'll hear about that on the news.  You got rid of the only voice of truth on your channel by dumping Glenn Beck, or did he dump you?

November 5, 2008
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Congratulations to Armand...and thank you for voting for the next President of the World.  Barrack Obama, is not just a mere black man who is the President of America...he is a stalwart that has reinforced to the rest of world the founding principles of the United States of America.  Barrack Obama is our President just as much as he is yours and we are rejoicing here in Jamaica and celebrating with the American people.  I cried tears of joy last night as i watched as the first black man was ammounced as the President-elect.  Youre democracy shine through yesterday America and now is the time to hold hands and work together to bring back your country to what it once was.  I have never visited your country but i am still proud!  Love, peace and unity be yours and as we in Jamaica say "Obama to the world"!!!

November 5, 2008
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Greeting's, I live in a very small town called Big Sandy in rural East Texas. I wanted to shed some light on the people who don't want to accept Barack Obama's new presidency. I have 4 daughter's that attend school here in Big Sandy (k-12) and the racism that is allowed in this school is unbelievable. We are african american and honestly have never experienced racism on this level before we moved here. My oldest daughter has been harrassed not only by white kids but parents as well. The saddest part of it all is the so-called principal seems to dumb the racial issues down and pretty much turn a blind eye, even after bring at least 3 incidents of incidents of my daughter being called a "Nigger" (the 3rd time was the today, after the election. I think that some serious light needs to be shed on these small town issues. Maybe if the spotlight is on the elected officials of the school board as well as the town itself, this issue will be addressed properly. So sad to see that the little white kids actually believe that they will be put into slavery now that Obama is president. They also think that they will be taken from their homes and made to live in the "Ghetto" with the black people. A CNN story on this matter may actually bring some light as well as change to this town's racial issue. Peace and blessings to everyone at CNN

November 5, 2008
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November 6, 2008
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every vote counts ...thanks for doing the right thing!

November 6, 2008
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How nice to see an election come to conclusion with indications that efforts will be made to rectify all of the problems that have presented to the public due to inadequate administration since 2000 by the Dubya administration.  Hope glimmers on the horizon.  Let's hope it is not too late.

November 6, 2008
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This is a very touching story. An example that everyone should vote. This man is a champion of the democratic process. He encourages his family to vote regardless of who it is, just do it. Make your voice heard. I wish him well and I hope he has more elections to come, where he can cast his vote.

November 7, 2008
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Hey I was thinking about the fact if one had two hospital beds and went to the voting booth could they vote twice cause who would be looking, and another thing coffee is an amazing drink.

November 7, 2008
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Americans can be proud as they have demonstrated that democracy works.  People all over the world can see that we voted for the man whom we thought could do the best job for our country.  We did not vote for a black man, we voted for an american.  I am an older white woman who feels that every so often someone comes along who can touch people and I feel that Barack Obama is the one. I pray that everyone will give him the chance to do his job and support him. He will make some mistakes in the beginning, as all new presidents do, but in the end I feel he will try to do all that he has promised.

November 8, 2008
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I admire Armand for not letting anything stop him from voting. Please keep us posted on his progress. Armand will be on our prayers.

 

Many Blessings and Yes We Can Armand,

 

Vampire Libby

November 12, 2008
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What a beautiful post.

November 13, 2008

Ifind it alsome that he new  how importent this Election was and that nomatter what his circomstace was voted.May Yahawe bless him wherever he is.

November 18, 2008
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Sorry I am late in saying this but, hope you feel better and get well soon.

November 23, 2008
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yes, we have an Obama Nation now

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