President Roosevelt accompanied by his mother and his wife at polling place
Hyde Park New York USA Date:1940 Duration:2 min 4 sec Sound:Yes
Interior of polling place in Hyde Park, New York. A volunteer voter assistant stands in front of a bank of voting booths perusing a document. Scene shifts to woman being identified on the voter rolls, by volunteers, as line of people wait in background. New sequence in same place shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing a voter's ledger. The woman volunteer gives him a voter pass, as Eleanor Roosevelt, and her mother-in-law, Sara Roosevelt, approach the registration table. The President uses a cane and is assisted by a man whose arm he holds. Photographers ask them all to pose for a picture, which they do. Sara Roosevelt exchanges banter with the volunteers. Photographers pester the President to look up for a photo, at which he responds, good naturedly, "Yes sir." As the banter continues, the three Roosevelts begin to laugh. At one point, in response to a request, he answers: "I couldn't, I've got a crick in my neck." Finally, the President says, "Let's go and vote." The President is helped into a booth and votes, without bothering to close the curtains. As he turns to exit, his assistant moves quickly to his side and he is joined by his wife and mother. The President smiles broadly.
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