Posted: Nov 6, 2012 4:53 PM by Mia Gordon - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 5:06 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Election day is here, and residents of Corpus Christi were casting their votes.
But one local man was unable to do just that.
A disabled veteran, who did not want to be identified, was pretty upset as he shared his story on why he may not be able to vote in this year's election.
The man, who wanted to be called Fred, suffered his fair share of injuries throughout his life.
Fred says, "I had a broken back, broken leg, broken ankle, fractured skull."
Because of his difficulties walking and standing, his wife requested an absentee vote over a month ago.
Fred says he would check his mail everyday for the ballot, but his mailbox would be empty.
Fred says, "They kept promising that it would be here. You take it for granted that it is going to happen, and when it doesn't, it's a big disappointment."
So his wife called the courthouse to let them know the ballot never came. Today they were told their only option would be to go to Menger Elementary School, where he could curbside vote.
His wife tried to get the machine to him, and Fred tells us what happened, "We went down there, and she had to stand in line. And when she got out they found out they had to carry the machine out to the truck. And then they couldn't get the machine working. It's maximum frustrating."
After an hour and a half, Fred gave up.
He says, "This whole election, as far as I am concerned, has been a fiasco. And I am totally disgusted with it."
I called the county courthouse to see if there was anything Fred could do.
The election manager told me over the phone, "The only thing he can do for him to vote today is he would unfortunately have to return back to the poll location and let the clerks know there that he is wanting to do curbside voting."
The election manager also told us that if someone complained about not receiving a ballot in the mail, they would have been sent another one.
They also told us the election here has been running smoothly, and this is one of the first problems they've heard about.
Fred says going back to the poll is not an option for him. So now a man who served this country may not get the chance to vote for who should lead this country.
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