Wednesday, November 07, 2018
TRISL | Studies have shown that only 40 percent of registered voters typically cast their ballot during midterm elections. But nothing would keep Lee Smith of St. Louis from visiting his polling station, the Hopewell Church on Taylor Avenue, Nov. 6.
Smith is a patient at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis recovering from a spinal cord injury. When he realized he wouldn’t be discharged by Nov. 6, he asked his physician, Sheyna Gifford, MD, if she could make arrangements so he could vote.
“I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old, and I try not to ever miss my chance,” Smith says.
Mario Menears, a member of the TRISL transportation team, gladly took Smith to his polling station and helped him fulfill his civic right.
Heading back to TRISL, Smith proudly displayed the iconic “I Voted Today” sticker on his hat.
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11/8/2018 8:35 AM
11/8/2018 11:26 AM
So amazing - thank you for providing this gentleman the opportunity to carry out his civic duty. And thank you sir - every vote counts!
11/8/2018 11:40 AM
that's truly passion and commitment!
11/9/2018 9:00 AM
An inspiration to all!!! thank you sir!!
11/9/2018 9:26 AM
Awesome! I hope this inspires others to get out and vote "By Any Means Necessary!"
11/9/2018 10:03 AM
What a GREAT story. Mr Smith is unstoppable!!! he reminds me of my dad.
11/9/2018 10:47 AM
This is a GREAT story. Mr Smith is unstoppable!!!
11/10/2018 8:13 PM
Get well soon Mr. Smith. So glad and happy that you got to the polls to make a difference.Thank the staff and doctors that made it possible.
Dawn Anderson Mays
11/12/2018 1:03 PM
God bless people do not realize the importance of voting....
11/13/2018 1:35 PM
This is a great story. Amazing man and American. God Bless Mr. Lee Smith.
11/14/2018 5:10 PM
This is so amazing! I am so happy that the hospital let him vote!
11/16/2018 9:41 AM
Bless his heart! A shining example of how his determination and personal ethics banded together. And bravo to all the staff that assisted in getting him there!
11/17/2018 1:29 AM
God is good! We need to take a page out of Mr. Smith's book.
11/17/2018 9:25 PM
Amazing!!!! Thank God for Ms Gifford taking time to make sure he could vote.
2/2/2019 5:09 AM
This is awesome! What a great man and what a wonderful person the driver was to take him!