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At the Polls: Seniors Flocking to Vote

The school buses rolled up to the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Northeast Washington and dropped off senior citizens from a nearby retirement community.

As Lee Etta Robinson, 79, got closer to the door of the polling place, she cried out, "Oh Lord."

There are more than 1,000 senior citizens at Precinct 139, which is located in the Fort Lincoln community. While seniors like Robinson usually vote in big numbers, casting a ballot for possibly the first African American president was overwhelming.

"A black man, in this country, running for president is a historical moment," Robinson said, shaking her head as she made her way to the polling place.

Hamil R. Harris

From Thurgood Marshall to Merrit Middle School, the senior citizens got up early yesterday to cast ballots.

Birder Skinner, 93, who voted at Merrick said, "I want a change. I love Obama.... I think he will do a great job."

Deborah Harrison, 48, and a precinct worker at Merrick, said when she got to the polls at 6 a.m., 129 people were already in line and by 10:10, more than 500 people had voted.

"In September only 84 people had voted by this time," While many senior citizens had the option of voting absentee because of their failing health, 76-year-old Mary Fauntleroy, who lives at the Petersburg Senior Apartments, said she wanted to walk into the poll and cast her vote.

When she wakes in the morning, she said, "I pray that Obama will be our president."

By Hamil Harris  |  November 4, 2008; 12:44 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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