Did you know that individuals who reside in assisted living or nursing home residences at Jennings still go to the polls? In the United States, the right to vote is not only a fundamental political right and an exercise in free speech but also an civic obligation, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections helps to ensure that these citizens are able exercise it.
Ninety-one-year-old resident Chuck cast his vote in the primary election. He says people must ask themselves what they want for their country, adding this voting advice: “It’s important that you continue to vote for the person closest to you in through and word.”
Jennings set aside its “polling site,” a common space for residents to enter the voting area with individual tables to meet with a representative of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE). Jennings staff will assist individuals to the common space if needed, but they remain outside the door to respect the private conversations inside. The BOE nursing home crew, which is part of the absentee ballot program, are on-site to help with the voting process; for example to read the questions for someone with low vision.
“Jennings is committed to assisting our residents exercise their right to vote,” says Don Posner, Administrator and COO at Jennings. “Together with the Board of Elections we help make it as easy as possible for our residents to vote. We are very proud of our commitment to this patriotic tradition and encourage all who so desire to exercise this proud right.”
Mike West of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says the BOE nursing home crew are politically balanced representatives to answer questions about voting. “Our teams find this work very gratifying,” he says. “They answer questions, explain or read things to individuals but very conscious not to influence.”