Amoon Thays Krisat Velazquez

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This NY Teen Didn't Let A Stroke Stop Her From Voting For The 1st Time

November 06, 2018 - 3:39 pm

VALHALLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A hospitalized Yonkers teen made her way to the polls via hospital transport to cast her vote.  

Amoon Thays Krisat Velazquez, 18, has been at Blythedale Children’s Hospital since suffering a stroke two weeks ago, the second since she was 11.

She was told she'd be at the hospital for at least a month, and as Election Day neared she worried she wouldn’t get a chance to make her voice heard. 

“I said, ‘On Nov. 6 can I go out to vote and stuff?’ And they were like, ‘Well, we’ll have to see,’” she said. 

In the end, the hospital made it happen. Velazquez was taken by staff to her polling place in Yonkers to cast her vote.

“People were like, ‘What does it matter? One vote isn’t going to make a difference,’” she said.

Her response to them: “Yes it, it’s our right here as U.S. citizens to be allowed to have a say in who we want to represent us.”

Velazquez did her research too. She put together a booklet on candidates and issues before heading to the polls.

The most important issue to her, she says, is healthcare.