Wednesday, November 03, 2010

How to Vote When You Have a Heart Attack on Election Day

... it can be done, but is harder than you might think:
Someone who knew Kopplin and who lived in the same municipality had to print a form from the Internet, take it to the City of Milwaukee Election Commission and testify that he knew Kopplin. Then he had to bring the form to the hospital where Kopplin filled it out and signed it in front of two witnesses. The absentee ballot had to be returned to the commission by 5 p.m. Tuesday. His neighbor couldn't make it and Kopplin's kids don't live in Milwaukee. Kopplin eventually found a friend who is a Milwaukee resident to do the grunt work.

"What I had to go through to get a ballot and get it signed and get it turned in by 5, leave it to politicians to come up with this," Kopplin said.

Kopplin received a stent in his heart and is hoping to go home from the hospital on Wednesday.
This man is a Great American indeed.



Anonymous said...


Here the electoral officials actually "round" at the hospital on election day so that patients can all vote from the comfort of their bed. I guess things are different when voting is optional.

Anonymous said...

Here, we (community relations/volunteer services/nursing services) work with the local board of elections to get absentee ballots to patients who cannot get out and vote.

Unknown said...

Louis Brandeis is reputed to have said, "The most important office is that of the private citizen"
Thank God for people like Mr.Kopplin