New York City resident Austin Allan is well-versed in fulfilling civic duty. The 36-year-old was registered to vote in Florida, a swing state. After waiting to receive his absentee ballot to no avail, he flew across the country to vote for who he believes is best fit to run the country: Hillary Clinton.
“I never got anyone on the phone at the Board of Elections, so I just decided to book a ticket to go down to Florida,” Allan explained. “I left New York on Friday morning and landed in Miami around 3:30. I went to the polling place, voted, and took a flight home a few hours later.”
Allan works for himself, so he was able to complete his work from the airport. Altogether, he spent a little more than $325 on the trip. He posted a selfie, along with a brief caption describing the deed, to a private Facebook group in support of Clinton.
“When I posted on Facebook, at least 10 people commented that they would send me a check for the flight,” he said. “They asked where to send it. I replied to all of them and told them, ‘That’s so sweet,’ but I can afford to do it.” Allan says he would rather they donate to people whose right to vote is “being trampled on.”
Overall, he doesn’t view the act as anything special — he’s just another individual interested in having his voice heard.
“I didn’t think it was a heroic effort,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure my vote counted.”
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