The following is a letter to my granddaughter, Larkin, who was born last year. Maybe when you become a grandmother, your perspective on a lot of things changes. As I think about what kind of world my beautiful granddaughter will live in, it's hard to overstate how important this year's election really is.
I know that voting absentee is technically the same as voting on Election Day. The US Postal Service insists that Sandy won't disrupt voting by mail. Even Obama voted early. Fine. But I still have a hard time believing that overseas votes aren't just shoved into a pile to be opened only in cases of electoral emergency.