Lifelong Democrat Votes for Bush Before Going to Hospital

By: The Chipley Bugle
By: The Chipley Bugle

Some citizens take their right and responsibility to vote much more seriously than others. A case in point is Washington County resident Joe Lawrence.

Janie Eden, a poll worker at precinct #17 at Shepherds Gate Church told the story following Tuesday night's election.

Eden reported that a woman came into the precinct about 3:30 Tuesday to cast her ballot. While she was there, the lady explained that her husband was sick, but wanted to vote. She asked poll workers if she loaded him in a van and brought him down there if he could vote without having to come inside.

Eden explained that there actually was a provision in the law that would allow two poll workers to go outside with the ballot and allow the man to vote.

Between 4 and 5 Tuesday afternoon, an ambulance pulled up at the precinct. Joe Lawrence, hooked up to IVs, a heart monitor, oxygen and with three attendants, had refused to go to Bay Medical ICU until they took him to vote.

Lawrence explained that he had been a democrat all his life, as had his father and grandfather before him. He added that they would probably turn over in their graves, but he had to vote for Bush.

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