This story was corrected at 9:42 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2012. An explanation follows the story.
As the 2012 elections near, The Gazette is talking to voters to ask how they will cast their ballots and why.
When Dorothy Kane goes to the polls, she will confidently vote for Barack Obama.
“I feel that he has done a good job given what he was handed when he took office ... I really do think he is the best person to lead us forward over the next four years,” the Brookeville resident said.
The past four years have brought several major changes for the stay-at-home mother of three: She was diagnosed with cancer and sent two children off to college. Kane, 52, is a registered Democrat.
“It’s hard to differentiate — given the personal changes we have experienced — how things are for us now compared to four years ago,” she said. “Overall, we are doing okay. My husband is a federal worker so we haven’t seen more money, but we are pretty lucky that he has good benefits.”
Her biggest concern going into the voting booth is the Affordable Care Act, especially as it relates to pre-existing conditions.
“As a cancer survivor and the parent of a child with severe rheumatoid arthritis, I don’t know what we would do if our insurance changed,” she said.
Kane's Manor Oaks neighborhood had been in the 4th Congressional District, but last year was shifted to the 3rd District when boundaries were redrawn.
“I would have voted for Donna Edwards, but instead, I am voting for John Sarbanes, basically because he is a Democrat who is running,” she said. “The Democratic platform and positions more closely line up with my own.”
She is well versed on the ballot questions and has a strong opinion on most of them. She is voting for the Civil Marriage Protection act.
“If two people are legally able to enter into the contract, then they should be able to marry,” she said. “The law is written to protect religions that choose not to bless the union, but the state shouldn’t stand in the way of consenting adults, just as they should not have when people of different colors wanted to marry.”
She is also supportive of the Dream Act.
“It is not the fault or responsibility of these kids that are here without documentation,” she said. “It’s not fair to penalize them. It’s in our best interest to have as many citizens affordably educated as possible.”
She is not a fan of gambling, so will vote no on the Gaming Expansion Referendum. She believes that gambling hasn’t historically paid off as promised, the big jobs are short term, and many of the workers will have to be brought in from out of state.
“I just don’t think we want to encourage gambling,” said Kane. “I know that people could go to other states to gamble, but I wish they wouldn’t gamble there, either.”
Kane said she is most distressed about the “nastiness” during this election. She’s not sure if it is any worse than previous elections, but thinks it is more visible with social media.
“It’s so divisive,” she said. “I believe that most Americans love their country and want what is best for them and their family, but there are different visions of how to get there. The nastiness does not forward the aim that I believe that everyone has — a better future for our children and ourselves.”
For more voter profiles and information about the election, visit www.gazette.net/votersguide2012.
Correction: In an earlier version of the story, we incorrected stated Dorothy Kane’s place of residence. She lives in Brookeville.