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22 October 2008

Disabled And Elderly Voters Go To The Head Of The Line

In this morning's Atlanta Journal Constitution, it was reported that an elderly female in Cobb County collapsed while waiting in line to vote early [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Countdown 2008: Voters Eager To Have A Say, October 22, 2008].

The woman who fainted was more embarrassed than sick, and she was tended to by paramedics before she was ushered into the polling station.

"That’s a very dramatic way to get to the head of the line," joked Beth Kish, Cobb County’s registration manager, who encouraged voters to bring collapsible chairs, water, books, umbrellas and more to survive the wait.


The article doesn't give the woman's age, but if she were 75 years of age or older or was disabled, then she should not have been standing in line to begin with.

Georgia state law provides for elderly and disabled voters to go to the head of the line both on election day and during early voting.

O.C.G.A. 21-2-385.1

Each elector who is 75 years of age or older or who is disabled and requires assistance in casting an absentee ballot in person at the registrar's office, absentee ballot clerk's office, or other locations as provided for in Code Section 21-2-382, shall, upon request to a designated office employee or other individual, be authorized to vote immediately at the next available voting compartment or booth without having to wait in line if such location utilizes direct recording electronic voting systems or be authorized to go to the head of any line necessary to cast a written absentee ballot. Notice of the provisions of this Code section shall be prominently displayed in the registrar's office or absentee ballot clerk's office.

O.C.G.A. 21-2-409.1

On election day between the hours of 9:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., each elector who is 75 years of age or older or who is disabled and requires assistance in voting as authorized by Code Section 21-2-409, shall, upon request to a poll officer, be authorized at any primary or election to vote immediately at the next available voting compartment or booth without having to wait in line. Notice of the provisions of this Code section shall be prominently displayed in the voting place.

If you know of any senior citizens or disabled persons going to vote, please remind them of that so they won't have to wait in a long line and possibly collapse like the elderly lady in Cobb County did.