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102-year-old Florida woman who waited hours to vote to join Michelle Obama for State of the Union

by Dara Kam | February 11th, 2013

Desiline Victor (Photo courtesy of Advancement Project)

A 102-year-old Florida woman who waited more than three hours to vote before casting her ballot in North Miami will join First Lady Michelle Obama at President Obama’s state of the union address tomorrow night, highlighting his pledge to do something about the problems last fall that again cast an unwelcome spotlight on Florida elections.

Desiline Victor, a Haitian-born U.S. citizen and former Belle Glade farm worker, waited three hours to vote on Oct. 28 at a public library.

According to Advancement Project, the civil rights group that has worked with Victor and is bringing her to Washington, Victor waited in line for three hours at a Miami-Dade County public library on Oct. 28. After others standing in line with the elderly woman complained to Miami-Dade County election staff, she was told to come back later in the day when there wouldn’t be as long to wait and more Creole language assistance would be available. She cast her ballot later on her return trip to the early voting site.

“We know that thousands of American citizens were kept from casting their ballots because of long lines and other unacceptable barriers. In a democracy, we have a responsibility to keep voting free, fair and accessible with equal access to the ballot for all. These problems could be fixed with federal voting standards that include early voting, modernized registration and other measures that protect our right to vote. Currently, we have 13,000 different jurisdictions who run elections 13000 different ways,” said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of Advancement Project.

Florida’s GOP-controlled legislature in 2011 shortened the state’s early voting period from 14 to eight days despite long lines in 2008 that prompted then-Gov. Charlie Crist to extend early voting hours. Gov. Rick Scott, who signed the bill (HB 1355) into law, now supports a flexible eight-to-14 day early voting period and leaving it up to the local supervisors to choose the number of days.

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34 Responses to “102-year-old Florida woman who waited hours to vote to join Michelle Obama for State of the Union”

  1. Who Says:

    The oldest Useful Idiot has been found.

  2. Lynne Says:

    @Who,

    Rick Scott isn’t that old, and he isn’t very useful. But the idiot part is true.

  3. JP Knight Says:

    That day at Miami beach city hall and at Caleb center and at other EV sites there were zero lines.

  4. Moderate Republican Says:

    As a Republican, I have no problem saying her vote means less than those who are whiter and have more money. So I am not concerned with long wait times in poor areas.

  5. T. J. Ewing Says:

    Moderate Republican reveals why the GOP/Teabagger extremist party is headed for the scrap heap if it doesn’t change its ways. Just appealing to white, christian, heterosexual bigots just won’t cut it anymore. You are truly a dying breed! Thank God!

  6. MB Says:

    How about the fact that voters saw this 102yr old women in line and did not offer to help her to the front of the line. Also it was early voting there is a limited number of voting location because it is EARLY voting.

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