WASHINGTON — Flossie Young has been voting for a long, long time, as far back as 1944 when she cast her ballot for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And she has been voting religiously ever since.

Still, Tuesday was a special day for the Washington native. She couldn’t wait to cast her ballot for President Barack Obama.

She was so excited that the 87-year-old forgot to put on her socks.
But she was determined to vote. She got up early and rolled her motorized wheelchair across the street from her home at Madison Saints Paradise, an assisted-living apartment building for seniors, to the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Public Library.

For the voters at the library, Precinct 21, it was a long wait, more than two hours for most. However, disabled people and seniors received V.I.P treatment.

People with disabilities bypassed the long line of patient voters stretched along the sidewalk. Once inside they were escorted by security personnel to a special waiting area. This area was nothing fancy, just tables and chairs, but the seniors and disabled voters could be more comfortable.

Young was relocated to the bottom-most level.

“I might as well be a volunteer today,” she joked. “I have this table set up all to myself, and everyone keeps asking me questions.”

Young was very impressed by how polite the volunteers were and how they made sure she was constantly updated on everything that was going on.

granddaughter, Rochelle Johns, 27, met Young at the library to take her to a scheduled doctor’s appointment at 10:30 a.m. at George Washington University Hospital. Johns had voted earlier in Maryland.

Johns tried to hurry her grandmother along so she wouldn’t be late for her appointment.

“It’s almost 9:30,” Johns said. “Okay, it’s after 9:30 now.”

But Young would not be rushed.

“I called and told them that I would be late,” she said. “I have to vote!”
She especially wanted to vote for Obama.

“Every time I see his face, I get so proud my chest just swells,” she said. 

Chloe Edmonds

Howard University News Service