My husband, Brenton, is a lineman, meaning he repairs electrical power lines. Right now, he is working more than 16 hours a day to repair damage from hurricane Sandy in New Jersey [Editors’ Note: He is so busy he did not have time to talk to us]. Sadly, he won’t be able to vote!
Here in Missouri, we have the option to vote via absentee ballot, so he requested one two weeks prior to the due date. He was supposed to be home in time to fill out the ballot and send it in, but because of this emergency situation, he wasn’t able to get it. The local election officials suggested that I express-mail the ballot to him where he was working, and then have him express-mail it back to them. However, overnight express mail is very expensive, and because he is working such long hours and moving around a lot, it would be very difficult for him to get it and send it back. We are frustrated with our election officials’ unwillingness to work with us during this crisis.