- I Have the Power to Withhold Mom’s Medical Treatment
Can I complete my mother’s mail-in ballot, voting as her proxy? While the answer may seem obvious, I wasn’t sure if it was legal or not. I know how she would vote in most cases. For those candidates and issues in doubt, I would not cast a vote.
It seems perverse that I have the legal power to determine what medical procedures my mother gets or does not get, what services she accesses, and how she spends her money (a moot point now that she is on Medicaid), but I can’t legally cast a vote on her behalf for an initiative that will directly impact her life.
- You Have to Vote!
When you go to the polls on November 4, 2008, notice the ages of those who are there to move the process along. Almost everyone will be over age 65. On that day, all across America, older adults will be arriving at voting stations at 5:30 a.m. to set up voting booths and registration confirmation tables. Many will stay at their stations for more than 12 hours, break down voting booths and tables after the polls close, and transport boxes of ballots to the precinct drop-off location later that evening.