Ed Palkot has been exercising "his democratic right through decades more of war, peace, social strife, and the good old 1950s."
Fox New's reporter Greg Palkot penned a beautiful piece for the publication, sharing his joy over the fact that his 107-year-old father voted again for the 22nd consecutive time this year. Given the events that unfurled this year, Greg revealed that they weren't really sure of his father, Ed Palkot, casting his vote this year. "Afraid, with all that’s been happening, we had somehow let this one slip by, I asked him recently about it," shared Greg. “Oh sure, I voted,” Ed replied casually. Ed Palkot was born in 1913, in Pittsburgh, PA. to a working-class immigrant family.
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Ed Palkot, now 106, says, “Those who drank whiskey escaped the flu, those who did not, succumbed.”
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At 107, he's already "witnessed a world war (he recalls watching the “Dough Boys” marching home after Armistice Day), a global pandemic (he got the Spanish Flu and survived), and the Great Depression (holding down multiple jobs to get by)," added Greg. Ed prepared to cast his first vote in 1936 and hasn't looked back since. He has been exercising "his democratic right through decades more of war, peace, social strife, and the good old 1950s." Ed has also made it a point to teach his children that there is nothing more important than exercising one's right to vote.
This year, Long Island, N.Y. resident Ed voted by mail-in, with a little help from daughter Barbara. Apparently, this wasn't how he wanted to vote, but given his age and the pandemic situation, they all decided this was the best thing to do. "The Nassau County Board of Elections has confirmed that Dad is in their system," wrote Greg Palkot. "You’re probably wondering how my father voted. Down through the years, I’d describe him as Republican/Independent. “I think I voted for FDR once” he’s confided to me. He’s voted, as well, as I recall, for at least one third-party candidate."
Here's what a 104-year-old golfer does when it's too snowy for golf: Build a snowman. Ed Palkot of Garden City will be back at Eisenhower Park with his foursome soon enough pic.twitter.com/nP5HFahZMt— Mark Herrmann (@markpherrmann) March 13, 2018
This year, he's apparently told various family members he's voted for either Trump or Biden. "No doubt, I’d like to think, to keep his selection between him and the Founding Fathers," added Greg. "In fact, just recently unearthed from one of the far corners of Dad’s house was a mini-sized colonial era costume he wore when he played George Washington in a school play many years ago. On the stage, watching from seats of honor, Dad has told me, were actual living veterans of the Civil War. Now we are in another time of national political strife, which some analysts have compared to Abraham Lincoln’s era."
"I’ve asked Dad on multiple occasions what he thinks of the level of today’s political discourse. He just groans and says he’ll be happy when this campaign is finished." Greg concluded the heartfelt piece by sharing "No doubt, though, with all of his other pursuits, when this election is settled, Dad, along with other White House hopefuls, will start gearing up for the next presidential race: his 23rd." Jeannie Daenzershared on Facebook: Bless you. The one thing in our lives we do of our free will and only we know the result. It is a privilege! I bet you voted in person most of those years.