Lines and long waits do not deter Baton Rouge voters

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 7:35pm

Lines for today’s election are still stretching about 20 or 30 people deep. With the importance of this election, many people are okay with the long lines. One of those people is Dr. Raul Fletes. He's almost 90 years old and battling cancer, but that didn't stop him from casting his ballot today.

Bosco Fletes' 88-year-old father, Dr. Raul Fletes, wasn't going to let brain cancer stop him from going to the polls Tuesday morning and casting a vote in this year's election.

“He’s got a brain tumor almost two inches long,” stated Bosco. “He wants to do it. He definitely wants to do it. He told me he wants to go - he wants to go and vote. It's important to him. He always votes every election, for the senate - everything."

Raul and his son immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. They both know how difficult it was to vote before they moved to the United States and they don't take that right for granted.

"Voting is one of the things I love about this country - that we love. My father always mentioned it. In this country, people don't fight for votes like in other countries – no arguing or shooting or killing. Everybody respects each other, which is one of the wonderful things of this country."

Jason Battleson is a small business owner. He's tired of all the fighting between the Democrats and Republicans. He just wishes everyone would just put their differences aside and do what's best for America.

Battelson stated, “I'm not a George Bush fan or an Obama fan or a Mitt Romney fan. I'm more a fan of my employees. I think everybody has the right to want what they want. I think there has to be some sort of compromise. We all believe in what we believe. We all got to do what's right for our kids."

But Raul and Bosco hope that with everything they've had to go through, it sends a message to everyone there that their vote can make a difference.

“Think if every immigrant and U.S. citizen took their right to vote. It would make a change," stated Bosco.

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We get a full bio on a guy with cancer, but you won't even touch the voter suppression that is happening in this city? Great news reporting.

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