By Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
6:38 PM CST, November 6, 2012
Too sick to vote? Not a problem.
Two Wichita hospitals offered patients a service which brought ballots straight to their bedsides.
"How does your vote matter," asked Sia Nyorkor to Wesley patient, Gerald Bales.
"Oh, 1 out of 300 million but i still want to do it," he replied laughing.
The 88 year-old WWII veteran says even though he's cooped up in the hospital, his heart just wouldn't let him miss this election. He hasn't missed an election in 60 years.
Mr. Bales was rushed to the hospital Monday night for a heart problem. Hooked up to machines and wires, his wife of 64 years, Connie, says the fear of not being able to vote was his main concern, not his illness.
"When we had to come, I said well, I would've carried you to vote, but now I can't," says Connie Bales.
Luckily, Connie didn't have to worry. They took advantage of the hospital's service, where volunteers take sick patients ballots back to the polls for them.
The last place you expect to be on election day is the hospital and a lot of our patients feel it's their American duty and they get anxious if they can't vote," says Carol Stricker from Wesley Medical Center.
So anxious, Gerald's grandson, Jaron, drove all the way back to the Sumner county precinct to get the ballot himself.
"I walked in, they already knew who i was and what i was there for and they looked at me and said, hurry up," Jaron said laughing.
Now Gerald can concentrate on getting well. he says he already feels a million times better, now that he's done his civic duty.
"What's a good word? I was very happy," Bales said laughing.
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