Retiree: ‘Not worth the wait’

Bernie at the Rebecca Towers in Miami BeachHalina Mader

Dissatisfaction with candidates and lines

Bernie, a retiree from Buffalo, walked swiftly out of the parking lot at Rebecca Towers, a Miami Beach precinct where he had gone to vote.

“Both candidates are bad,” said Bernie, who asked that his last name not be used. “That’s one reason I’m not voting.”

Although he voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, Bernie faulted Obama for not having made more economic progress. Obama’s Republican challenger, Gov. Mitt Romney, also did not impress Bernie.

“Obama has not performed,” and he has given no indication he will, Bernie said. “With Romney, it’s a gamble. His campaign has been a disaster. He’s made a lot of mistakes. His lies haven’t been very good.”

There was also another reason Bernie and a number of other voters bolted from polling station – long lines.

People had been standing in line since 6:30 a.m., a half hour before the polls opened. They were still waiting more than an hour later.

Dave Doebler, who camped out with his wife to be the first to vote at the Miami Beach City Hall, said the long wait was no accident, and he blamed government officials.

“Their purpose was to make the lines longer. It is unconscionable that we ‘spread democracy around the world’ yet people have to wait in line eight hours here,” he said. “It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing. We need to do better.”

Doebler, who worked in IT security for a sales group in Pompano Beach, voted for Obama, despite the wait.

“I don’t care who you vote for, you should have the right to vote,” Doebler said. “It should be easy to vote.”

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2 responses to “Retiree: ‘Not worth the wait’”

  1. L Yang6 says:

    It is really interesting, because the polling station at St Augustine Church was no queue around 12 p.m.

  2. Zachary Nelson says:

    This elderly man is very different from most people this election. Often we hear of young adults being scolded for not know what is on the ballot or who to vote for. Similar in this case Doebler is an elderly man not favoring a specific candidate. I find it interesting he exercises his right to vote, all while being knowledgeable of the debate, even if his vote may not potentially count. We have the right to vote and this story shows that even uncertain individuals should be treating with the same rights and respect.