This US voter took an overnight bus from DC to North Carolina in order to cast their vote, then flew home in time for work

Emily Miller travelled to North Carolina to vote. Courtesy of Emi Anne

When Emily Miller hadn’t received her absentee ballot the day before Election Day, she knew she had to act fast.

The Washington, DC resident is registered in North Carolina, and decided to take an overnight bus to Durham to vote. She then took a flight back to DC in time for work.

“I got home from work yesterday, and after wishing and hoping that my absentee ballot would be in my mailbox, it wasn’t,” Miller told INSIDER.

She admitted that she instantly felt a “little panicked and overwhelmed,” but knew she had to “do what was necessary” to make sure her vote counts.

At 11 p.m. Monday night, Miller boarded a bus to Durham, North Carolina, her polling location. Along the seven-hour journey, she took to social media to live-tweet her experience.

On the overnight bus, she listened to podcasts and the “Hamilton” soundtrack, but also reflected on why she was so committed to voting in this election.

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“I was more strongly influenced by the incredible people across the world – from those risking their lives in Afghanistan a few weeks ago to vote to those who leave their homes to come to America, even though the country is outwardly unwelcoming,” Miller told INSIDER. “I felt like I owed it to them – and to everyone who has sacrificed for my rights, from soldiers to suffragettes.”

At 5 a.m., she arrived in Durham ready to cast her vote. She said everything went “off without a hitch” and that she was able to catch her 11 a.m. flight back to DC – which cost her almost $US300. Once on the ground, she went straight from the airport to her job at a progressive nonprofit.

Despite missing a few hours of work, Miller said the entire journey was necessary to exercise her right to vote.

“It was worth it,” she said. “It will be more worth it if Democrats can topple the Republican super majority in the North Carolina state legislature. “


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