Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach empower hospitalized patients to vote on Election Day and have their voices heard. In a coordinated effort, volunteers helped patients cast their vote from their hospital bed.
Patients across the health spectrum joined the election. Nicole, who welcomed a new baby boy at the Birthcare Center at Miller Children’s, was concerned that she was going to miss out on the election.
“From the moment I was admitted, I assumed that I wasn’t going to have a chance to vote,” says Nicole. “I had no idea that voting in the hospital was an option. This election is now a part of this special memory with my new baby and my experience at Miller Children’s.”
Patients that were eligible to vote were hospitalized on Election Day and were required to meet standard voting registration requirements.
“The moment we walked into each patient’s room, you could see their face light up,” says Johnny, one of the volunteers delivering ballots. “It let me know that giving them the chance to vote really meant a lot.”
In total, 13 ballots were completed from patient hospital beds. All ballots were collected and delivered to the polls to be counted.