Ariel Kowalick, a North Carolina resident, wrote to The Huffington Post with a story about her 84-year-old grandmother's experience early voting in Boca Raton, Fla., as an example of the toll the long lines are taking on senior citizens, who make up a significant portion of Florida's population.
According to Kowalick, her grandmother was waiting in line for an hour and a half on Friday when she became sick and had to be rushed to the emergency room. Kowalick believes that the heat, combined with the fact that her grandmother was battling a cold, contributed to her condition.
"These long lines are dangerous for our elderly [and] there should be something else done," wrote Kowalick, noting her grandmother had actually served for 15 years as a poll worker.
She is now trying to figure out how to figure out a way for her grandmother, who is still in the hospital, to vote in the election.
Obama has 56% of the electoral votes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge extended early voting hours in one Florida county Sunday after Democrats sued to allow more time in a presidential battleground state where more than 4 million ballots have already been cast. The move was one of many legal skirmishes in the tight contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to deal with inevitable disputes over balloting.
Some Florida voters had stood in long lines Saturday, the last scheduled day of early voting. The judge ruled on a lawsuit filed late Saturday in Orange County after an early voting site was shut down for several hours. The Winter Park library was evacuated when a suspicious package — a cooler — was found outside. It was later detonated by a local bomb squad.
Orange County is part of the state's Interstate 4 corridor, a populous "swing" region that often determines the outcome of close elections.
A spokesman for the state Republican Party said it would not challenge the decision.