A man drove 1,200 miles from Los Angeles to Texas to cast his vote in the US election after his absentee ballot didn’t arrive in the mail.
Jeff Wilson, who works in California but lives in Kendall County, Texas, was so determined to have his say in the 2020 US presidential election that he drove through four states for 20 hours so he could cast his vote in person.
Jeff said he did intend to vote via an absentee ballot from Los Angeles, where he is currently based for work but when the ballot failed to get delivered to him, there was only one option left for Jeff to take.
He decided to drive cross-country, setting off from California on Sunday afternoon and arriving in Kendall County, 50 miles north of San Antonio bright and early on Tuesday morning so he could cast his ballot.
Speaking to CBS Los Angeles, Jeff said: ‘If I’m gonna drive 1,217 miles and sleep in my car for a few hours, I think there aren’t a whole lot of excuses to drive three or four minutes to the polling station and maybe wait a while.’
In Texas, voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot if they are out of the county on Election Day and during early voting, a system which appears to have let Jeff down.
The impressive stunt comes at the same time as another man on the east coast of the US apparently drove from Boston to Savannah, in Georgia, according to the Boston Globe.
The trip for Joe LaMuraglia totaled 2,000 miles and was made necessary when, like Texan, Jeff, Joe’s absentee ballot failed to arrive in the post too.
He moved to Boston to live with his partner at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and is registered to vote in Savannah – where he owns a home – and decided to request an absentee ballot rather than make the trip back to Georgia.
The 52-year-old spent 30 hours in his car alone in order to submit his ballot.
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