A grandmother aids in democratic process

St. Augustine Catholic Church Photo by Sarah Kasiske

Their infant stayed home While couple cast ballots

Carrie Wheat, 37, and her husband, Douglas Boettner, 34, waited in line for three hours to vote on Election Day. Expecting the wait would be too long for their one-year-old son Charlie to accompany them, they arranged for Wheat’s mother to babysit.

Wheat had her voting day plan ready because she wanted to make sure her vote counted, she said.  She was concerned most about jobs and the economy, she said.  Wheat said she felt Obama had a better handle on the economy and that she planned to vote to re-elect him.

Boettner, standing next to his wife in line at the Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables, also voted for Obama. “I like to complain and if you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” he said, adding that he was concerned about consumer protection.

Wheat and Boettner teach at the University of Miami and have lived in Coral Gables for the six years. Wheat is a lecturer in the university’s English Composition Center, and Boettner is a post doctoral associate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.

In the 2008 election they cast ballots in early voting.  “Not much is different,” Wheat said. “I voted early last time but waited the same amount of time in line.”

One difference, however, occurred when one of the two scanners broke. The slow-moving line almost came to a halt outside the church. Frustration showed on the faces of those waiting.

“I think they need to reform the polling process,” Wheat said. “It should not take three hours to vote. Having one scanner and a five-page ballot with 12 constitutional amendments is too much.”


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