Near-empty polls

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Tuesday’s election marked the first time in Dad’s 98 years that he has not voted. He had a legitimate reason: a sudden decline in health that made it impossible for him to go to the polls. I wonder what excuse prevented other Pittsburghers from voting.

I do know that I pulled into an empty parking lot, went to the head of a nonexistent line and completed the voting process in approximately five minutes. My friends had similar experiences.

Before the next election, I urge all eligible voters to heed Dad’s words to me — words he has said to me at every election: “It is our responsibility and privilege to vote. Don’t ever forget that.”


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