Determined to vote Americans traveling to cast ballot

Posted at 10:56 PM, Nov 02, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — With the U.S. Postal Service stretched thin and millions voting by mail some voters have taken extreme measures to ensure their vote some cases, they’ve traveled hundreds of miles to cast a ballot. Ash-Har Quraishi spoke to one woman who wasn’t going to let a missing absentee ballot prevent her from getting to the polls.

With the postmaster general’s controversial decision this summer to decommission nearly 700 mail sorting machines across the country Sarah Alana was worried about voting by mail.

“We all have a choice and what's going on right now with the postal service is another matter entirely. Clearly, it's not working. In Georgia where she has lived and voted since 2013 nearly a dozen mail-sorting machines were removed. Still, she applied for an absentee ballot.

“It was sent out the same day three weeks later no absentee ballot and i was getting just so mad. ”Even more of a problem – she’s currently staying in Durango, Colorado dealing with respiratory issues.

“I'm here to see if the dry air is a little bit better for my breathing problems.” In Georgia more than 1.1 million “ absentee by mail ballots” have been returned trouncing the nearly 155,000 cast in 2016, but, another half million mail-in ballots have yet to be returned.

Sarah Alana decided not to take any chances. despite being high risk for complications from COVID-19 she bought a $625 plane ticket and made the 1600-mile journey from Durango to Atlanta to vote in person.

“I went through three airports. I took two flights. I was in three Lyft rides which actually that was scary for me too.” Others have made similar trips like a woman studying in Chicago who traveled to her how state of Texas, and 94-year-old Mildred Madison, whose children drove her 300 miles to Detroit to vote in person when her absentee ballot didn’t arrive at her temporary address.

“I didn't want to be a victim is the main thing that i want to say, and i want to say that there is no American citizen that needs to be a victim this year. You know let's just do with what it takes and get out there and vote.” Alana says, there’s too much at stake this election not to ensure your voice is heard.

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