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17 November 2008

Auburn University Student: "I was upset. I really wanted to vote"

This morning, the Atlanta Journal Constitution put a face to one of the estimated 2,500 Fulton County voters who received their absentee ballot in the mail late costing them their right to vote.

Ashley Anderson’s absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 general election arrived at her Roswell home on Election Day.

Too bad she was 119 miles away in class at Auburn University.

"I was upset," said the 23-year-old graduate school student, who believes late delivery of her absentee ballot cost her a chance to vote. "I really wanted to vote."
[Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Some Fulton absentee ballots sent late", November 17, 2008]

I'm going to be honest with you. This entire situation with the Fulton County Elections Dept. has me curious. I want to see how long it takes me to get my absentee ballot in the mail for the December 2nd run-off election.

I'll be faxing my absentee ballot application to the Fulton County Elections office today and I'm going to clock it.

I'm going to be extremely liberal with my time frame here. I'm going to estimate that it takes the Fulton County Elections office five business days to process my absentee ballot application and an additional three business days for me to receive it in the mail. So I'm expecting my absentee ballot to be in my hands between Wednesday, November 26th and Friday, November 28th.

That leaves me three days to vote my absentee ballot and get it back to the Fulton County Elections office before the polls close at 7PM on Tuesday, December 2nd.

I'll keep you posted on all the details...