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Polling Place Change Protested

May 2, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register


I just e-mailed this letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and would like you to publish it.

Dear Madam Secretary;

I am asking that you recognize this letter as a formal protest against Toni Chieffalo, county elections coordinator and the City of Wheeling. They recently changed polling stations within the City of Wheeling, which now places a severe impediment to the voting ability of my wife and myself.

We did not find out of this change, until we we heard about it through the news media. Because of this late notification, it will be virtually impossible to vote by absentee ballot. Therefore, I believe they are denying me and I am sure others their constitutional right to vote.

I take my voting right very seriously, and have voted in every election save one, the special Saturday election on May 14, 2011. This election was missed due to the fact an ambulance was transporting me from Wheeling Medical Park to University Drive VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. Otherwise, I voted in every election since returning from the service in 1967.

Due to severe lung and heart problems, I cannot walk more than a very short distance on level ground with out being extremely out of breath. Even when using my prescribed eight liters of oxygen, steps are even more difficult. I know parking on a meter and trying to walking into the City-County Building would not be practical. Likewise, parking on the street and walking up the steps necessary at Ritchie School will also be very painful.

I am sure I am not the only elderly person who feels their vote is no longer wanted, needed or appreciated in this city, state or nation today. In addition, feel the only reason it was necessary to change polling places in this city, was due the recently built low-income housing units completed in South Wheeling.

Carl E. Mulley


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