12/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Virginia Voter Drives All Night To Get To Polls

A reader emails:

My voting day started three weeks ago when I applied for an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot never came. After several conversations with my local registrar I had a dilemma ... either sit in a luxury suite watching the Redskins play the Steelers or drive the five hour trip south to Martinsville, VA...all to vote a provisional absentee ballot. Easy choice, I gave the tickets away. I left last night at 7:30...One pee break, two coffee stops and a five hour car trip made in record time (4 hours and 56 mins) and this morning I was in line to vote at 6 am. My friends told me I was crazy, my parents told me I was crazy...but to have missed this election without my vote would have been crazy. I told them it was my civic duty. I didn't want to look back in 20 years and regret not voting for Barack Obama. Plus the skins lost. I simply told my roommate "I had to go see about a President."

Also Tom Perriello was on the ballot, nice guy like that deserves some effort.