At Springhouse, we realize the importance of voting for our residents. For decades, older adults have been the backbone of American elections, consistently voting in greater numbers than any other age group. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many Older Americans have shown concern for how or will this disrupt their ability to cast their vote?
It is unfortunate that as we have in years past, we cannot provide transportation to the polls. The good news is we are happy to provide any and all assistance our residents may need to navigate the mail in ballot process. We are conducting “Voting Information Sessions” to help assist our residents. Residents are able to ask questions about the vote-by-mail process, ballot questions, check the status of their voter registration and/or mail in ballot. They can also receive needed forms and get assistance so their vote gets to the election department on time.
Meredith Griffiths, Therapeutic Program Director, has assured our residents that if their ballots are not completed or mailed in time, she will personally drop them off in our ward voting box. We guarantee if a Springhouse resident wants to vote, it will happen!
Springhouse resident, Eleanor Kaplan, age 99, told her doctor this year, she must live long enough to vote in this year’s Presidential Election. Thankfully, she did mail her absentee ballot the morning after she received it. Ellie cast her first presidential ballot in 1944 and has voted in every election since. She tells us that “voting is the profound significance of exercising this precious right in our American democracy.”
Very old and ill Americans cast their vote this year at what could be their last vote. They grew up during World War II. They are the most civic-minded generation and believe you vote because you have the freedom to vote. These Older Americans are not necessarily voting for themselves, but for children and grandchildren and their future. We are here to support the Springhouse residents voting and hope you support your loved ones in these efforts as well!