I didn’t vote. Barry didn’t vote. We wanted to vote and had applied in August for absentee ballots before we left Maui. According to the postmark, our absentee ballots were mailed to us on Oct. 19, 2010, at 3pm from Honolulu. The ballot was posted with a 39cent stamp! “Ballots must be received before 6p.m. Election Day to be counted” warns the absentee balloting material. We are living in what is considered rural China. My absentee ballot did arrive, but it was the day after our U.S. election. Now a week after the election, Barry’s absentee ballot has yet to arrive. It is a good thing that none of our candidates such as Ray Hart lost by more than two votes or we would be even more upset. How many other US citizens are denied the privilege of voting each election because the absentee ballots are mailed out too late and with too little postage?