I didn't vote in November's election, though I very much wanted to. I requested an absentee ballot from Washington County in August 2006, just before I returned to China the second time. The ballot never came. Alyssa Chamberlain and Neal Palmer with whom I was teaching in Weihai received theirs. The US elections went on, minus the vote of one Rosalind Gann.
This past week I received a note from the foreign teacher program at Shandong University in Weihai. Seems an envelope from America had arrived for me. Its return address was the Washington County Board of Elections in Jonesborough, Tennessee. I was pretty sure what it was, and I asked ETSU's current exchange teacher, Theresa McGarry to open the envelope. Sure enough! An absentee ballot, five months late.