They did not get their absentee ballots, so these voters flew house to get to the polls and solid their votes in individual
Just ask Rishi Mohnot. The 31-year-old has been traveling around the country to work, and did not realize until five days before Election Day that he had missed the last day of applying for a missed person.
His plane, which he covered over long distances, left California at 11:45 pm PT, and landed with Mohnot in his home country at 11:30 p.m.
“I wasn’t 100% up for it, because I have a lot of work to do,” Mohnot told CNN, just minutes after voting. “I knew it would be easier if I just voted in person.”
The plane, and the voting line this morning, were irrelevant, Mohnot said. He and his father went to the polls at 2:30 pm ET this afternoon, and they both voted in less than 10 minutes.
Mohnot is one of the few American voters who missed the deadline to ask for votes, or did not receive them immediately.
Whether it is sending letters or printing incorrectly, or the number of people voting by mail for the first time in elections, they say they are disappointed. And for those who have a way of doing this, booking a last resort is a cheap way to get their votes counted.
The information was “appropriate,” Mohnot said. “At first my brothers were surprised by what I did. But it also seems like the right thing to do.”
‘It’s amazing how common my story is’
In Kenya, Suud Olat is beginning to worry about voter turnout.
The 29-year-old, who shares his time between Kenya and Minnesota, is against those who became US citizens in 2018. He initially planned to return to the US later this year, before realizing it gave him enough time to vote.
After contacting the US embassy for help, he realized that his best bet was a resumption of flight. Olat left $ 1,200 to arrange a flight from Nairobi, Kenya to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he registered.
To return home, Olat said he flew Sunday at 11 a.m. from Nairobi to Frankfurt, Germany, to New York City, before arriving in Minneapolis on Monday at 5 p.m. He arrived at the polls this morning, indicating that he will be voting at 8 a.m. local time.
“As a Somali-American, my family and I were horrified by these decisions,” Olat told CNN. “I’m very scared of what’s going to happen, and I know I have to vote.”
In Iowa, Ade Olayinka faced similar concerns the day before.
A 31-year-old man, living in Washington, DC, was living with his sister in Iowa during the outbreak. Although she had been summoned to the DC Board of Elections several times, she said the ballots did not go to her sister’s address in time.
As a result, Olayinka booked a flight for $ 500 back to DC last week. He left on Friday, and it was time to vote at the polling station before returning to Iowa on Sunday.
“It’s amazing how common my story is,” Olayinka told CNN. “I called the Board of Elections, even though I bought my ticket, to see if he would send me time. The woman I’m talking to sounds very tired, and very upset. They’re all just so frustrated.”
Because Olayinka had moved out of her house before moving in with her sister, she had to buy a hotel on the weekend, and a rented car to drive. In all, they spent about $ 1,000 on voting.
Olayinka said he felt he had enough opportunities to succeed.
‘No one should do this’
In August, 31-year-old Jaclyn Wong, with a friend, left South Carolina, where she lives, to move to California to have a family during the epidemic.
He contacted the South Carolina Electoral Commission for voting in California, and he assured them that they had done well.
“We’ve already asked for votes for my family in California,” Wong told CNN. “So, when I called, I said I had set up a text message to go to California (and I asked) should I change the request of those who were not available to write a new address in California, or did my vote come with mail to send? But my interlocutor said I was fine,” and I ought not to do anything. “
In October, Wong began investigating whether he had not received a vote online. They found out they had been sent on October 9, but by the end of the month, they said they had not yet received the California address of their family.
So Wong, an assistant professor of health at the University of South Carolina, did what he did not want to do several times during the epidemic: He took another plane – this time back to South Carolina.
The US Center for Disease Control says that flying “can increase your chances” of contact with coronavirus, and also encourages people to stay home. For Wong, the fear of capturing the Covid-19 became another problem in voting this year.
“It was all very dangerous,” Wong, 31, told CNN. “It really saddens me that I’ve had such an experience.”
He also said he spent about $ 550 on a plane ticket back to South Carolina, over three airports before arriving home during polling on October 28.
When it came to voting, Wong said he had to wait in line for about an hour.
“If I hadn’t been the person who was as lucky in the way I am, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Wong said. “This to me is not what this free democracy is. No one should do this.”