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Gambo senior says she was denied the right to vote


GAMBO, NL – Gwen Cooper feels her democratic right to vote was taken away.

The 80-year-old Gambo senior is currently at Oram’s Emmanuel Manor, and was unable to leave the facility on election day Sept. 26 as she had been receiving cancer treatment.

Having always exercised her right to vote, Cooper was expecting someone to stop by the seniors’ home to set up a polling booth – also known as mobile polling.

She found out Monday night, the night before the election, this would not be taking place.

“A few of us were able to get out to vote, but there were several others that did not get to vote because it was just too hard to get out,” she said. “They denied me my right to vote and I’m mad. I always made it a point to get out and vote.”

Cooper said she made a number of enquiries with the town about why there was no mobile polling at the senior’s home, but didn’t receive satisfactory answers.

The Town of Gambo did not return the Beacon’s call.

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