• Gracie Gordon

Long Time 99-Year-Old Republican Decides to Vote for Joe Biden

Gracie Gordon reports on one of our community’s oldest voters, who has been a registered Republican since 1944, deciding to change sides at the top of the ticket.

Early voting (left) and with his daughter Paula Kahn at home in Reno, Nevada.

Switching Sides

Donald Palmer, 99, believes that this 2020 election is an extremely important one. After deciding not to vote in the 2016 election due to his disapproval of where the Republican Party was heading, Palmer did not vote.

At first, Palmer says it was going to be the same scenario this cycle, but after following the news, Palmer decided it was time to vote again in 2020. Only this time, he would be switching sides.

From what he remembers, Palmer has been a registered Republican since he first voted in 1944.

“We have a very misdirected president,” Palmer said during a brief interview at his home in Reno, explaining why he voted against the Republican incumbent Donald Trump and for his Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden.

Palmer has lived through quite a few presidencies. “Presidents can do so much good for the country, but they can also do a great deal of harm,” he said. “He (Trump) is not what we (the United States of America) stands for.”

Palmer has been blind for about 12 years and uses a wheelchair. This didn’t stop him from voting early on October 3rd.

“[Voting is] very important, it’s the only way we can change our present situation,” he said. His favorite president, he says, was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, who served as the 32nd president from 1933 until his death in 1945. Palmer says he witnesses Roosevelt’s abilities to get the United States out of the Depression and through war time.

Roosevelt won a record four presidential elections, giving rise to concerns of unlimited presidential terms. The Twenty-second Amendment to U.S. constitution which was completed subsequently in 1951 now prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again

Reporting by Gracie Gordon for the Reynolds Sandbox

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