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WWII vet dies at age 93 after casting last ballot
AP ^ | 10/24/12 | AUDREY McAVOY

Posted on 10/24/2012 5:00:25 PM PDT by markomalley

A World War II veteran who inspired many with his determination to vote even though he had end-stage liver cancer died Wednesday.

Frank Tanabe's daughter Barbara Tanabe said he died at her Honolulu home, where he has spent the past few weeks in hospice. He was 93.

Barbara Tanabe said she put the American flag up outside the home to mark the day for him and their family.

"He really liked it when I put out the flag," she said.

Hundreds of thousands of people saw a photo of Frank Tanabe filling out his absentee ballot with the help of his daughter last week, after his grandson posted the picture on the social media site Reddit.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 10/24/2012 5:00:27 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Lord God please bless Frank’s soul and keep him in the light of your most sacred heart.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 5:04:55 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: markomalley
We may lose the battle of Hawaii, but may we win the war.


3 posted on 10/24/2012 5:05:16 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: markomalley

Probably voted democrat.

Most WWII Vets I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet were always die hard dems(yet all were conservatives). Probably a Roosevelt/Truman effect.


4 posted on 10/24/2012 5:05:39 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: markomalley
He is now eligible to vote Democrat for all eternity!
5 posted on 10/24/2012 5:06:17 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: WomBom

now he gets to vote, AGAIN, for Obama

and thank you for your support of FR from someone without 2 nickels to rub together


6 posted on 10/24/2012 5:09:23 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: markomalley

Ummm, I may be wrong, but I believe it is illegal to count the absentee vote of someone who is dead on Nov. 6...

(of course but for the dead voting, Democrats would consistently lose...)


7 posted on 10/24/2012 5:10:44 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: markomalley
Was he even conscious?
8 posted on 10/24/2012 5:11:26 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: markomalley

If you are dead on Election Day, you shouldn’t get to vote.


9 posted on 10/24/2012 5:12:35 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: KoRn

My dad is a healthy 93 (Thank you, Lord!). He’s a WWII vet and an absolute conservative.


10 posted on 10/24/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.")
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To: KoRn

Guess nobody told him how badly asians get screwed by affirmative action.


11 posted on 10/24/2012 5:23:35 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: markomalley

Even if he cast his last ballot for Rats I salute this member of The Greatest Generation.


12 posted on 10/24/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: bannie
"He’s a WWII vet and an absolute conservative."

Eisenhower might have got to him early enough before he could become a hard core democrat back then. My grandfather was in Korea, and that's how he turned out. Republican/Conservative to the core. Always remembered him hating Truman, and this was during the 80s when I was growing up. lol

13 posted on 10/24/2012 5:28:10 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: AnalogReigns

In this case people would know, but if it had just been mailed how would the county clerk know you died.

The ballets in California have doubled envelopes.
they go to the clerk, they are checked to make sure the out side is valid, then the outside envelope is tossed and the inside put in the ballot box.

It makes sense, yet trying to figure out how they would know.


14 posted on 10/24/2012 5:33:19 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: GeronL

OMG! I didn’t read it and thought he voted R!

Although I pray for him anyway!!! Lol


15 posted on 10/24/2012 5:49:09 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: markomalley

RIP.


16 posted on 10/24/2012 6:00:23 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: WomBom

Yes, people who live that long and aren’t raving mad moonbats deserve respect.


17 posted on 10/24/2012 6:01:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: WomBom

A soldier and patriot to the end


18 posted on 10/24/2012 6:14:22 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Jim Noble

i think his ballot is invalid


19 posted on 10/24/2012 6:18:01 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: AnalogReigns

“Ummm, I may be wrong, but I believe it is illegal to count the absentee vote of someone who is dead on Nov. 6...”

Not in Texas. Once a vote is cast, it is cast. That is a major reason I always early vote as early as possible. Never know when the moment will come.

Different states may have different rules, however. It devolves to the states.


20 posted on 10/24/2012 6:20:04 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Jim Noble

When the story was first reported, election officials said that the ballot’s not counted if the health dept. notifies the election board that the ballot caster has died. The reporter noted that Obama’s grandma’s vote counted because they were notified after election day that she had died. She died two days before the 2008 election day.


21 posted on 10/24/2012 6:28:43 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: AnalogReigns
Ummm, I may be wrong

. You are.

22 posted on 10/24/2012 8:54:19 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: AnalogReigns

Depends on the state. For Iowa you are correct.


23 posted on 10/24/2012 8:54:44 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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