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Pr.Geo.'s Lawyer Part of Obama Legal Team in S.Fla.

Despite a drenching South Florida rain, Largo lawyer Bobby Henry said he didn't mind being outside the Miami-Dade County government center Sunday night while people waited in line for more than six hours to cast an early vote in the presidential election.

"There were young folks, old folks, some were handicapped but they were still coming," said Henry, 50, who paid his own way to Miami so he could be legal observer in Sen. Barack Obama's "Voter Protection Team."

Henry practices law in Upper Marlboro and is an associate minister at the 19,000-member Jericho City of Praise church. He said watching people at the polls wait in line for six hours in the battleground state of Florida without complaining was humbling.

"In Prince George's County and in Maryland, we are so fortunate to have a Democratic majority and African Americans in leadership, but in other parts of the country so many of our people are disenfranchised and that is why we have to work to open up the polls to everybody," Henry said.

Henry has also traveled to Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia for the Obama campaign. He will remain in South Florida on Tuesday night.

Henry said he felt compelled to go on the road. "We wanted to be on the front line where the difference in this election can be made."

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 3, 2008; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Elections  
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