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Election Day voting at Woodwinds

Rick Boxford never expected to be in a hospital on Election Day, but that's where he was Nov. 4.

Boxford, a Woodbury resident, was concerned he wouldn't be able to vote in the historic election.

So he was thankful when Woodwinds Health Campus staff members asked if he wanted to vote.

Despite being hooked-up to an I.V. and confined to a hospital bed at Woodwinds, Boxford was able to cast his vote for President of the United States and other important races.

Though it took quite an effort to make this happen, the Woodwinds guest services staff, including Abby Christensen, was very pleased to be able to do this for Woodwinds patients.

The whole process began first thing on Election Day. That's when Woodwinds guest services staff went around asking the patients who live in Washington County if they wanted to vote. Several of them said "yes."

The patients signed a form authorizing a hospital staffer to retrieve their ballot from the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater.

Christensen drove to Stillwater, election officials verified the patients' registrations and Christensen brought the ballots back to the patients with secrecy envelopes.

The patients filled out their ballots in the privacy of their hospital room and a witness signed the back of the envelope indicating it was an authentic ballot.

And then Christensen drove back to Stillwater and returned the ballots to the Washington County Center before the 3 p.m. deadline.

All the HealthEast hospitals and most hospitals around the Twin Cities provided similar Election Day service to voters.