Citadel Care Center in Mesa, Ariz., brought several residents to the walk, including 107-year-old Emily Schneider. A camera crew from Channel 10 News approached Schneider and presented her with two paper cups, one for each presidential candidate, and asked her which one she would choose.
“I voted last Tuesday for Romney,” Schneider said. “I feel his outward expressions speak well for him. I feel God is his No. 1 priority, and he is what we need to get America back on track.”
Schneider has voted in every election since she reached voting age. When she was 18, Calvin Coolidge was president. She was born under Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency.
Though Schneider was a little shy about speaking in front of the camera, she said it was worthwhile. The segment aired on Channel 10 that evening.
Citadel Care Center encourages residents to vote. Several months before an election, associates determine which residents would like to vote and provide registration assistance if needed. They request absentee ballots when needed, and they coordinate assistance from Maricopa Elections to visit the facility to set up a polling station.
This year, 20 residents voted at the facility on Oct. 30.
“We make every effort to provide residents with non-partisan information regarding issues and candidates prior to an election,” said Linda Petty, activity director. “We offer any assistance needed for residents with disabilities and make sure that all information is kept confidential. Residents feel it is their civic right to vote and look forward to it.”