MADELYN DUNHAM’S VOTE…. Eli Sanders reports on an interesting question: Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama’s grandmother, died yesterday, but she voted early by absentee ballot. Does her vote count?

Sanders tracked down Kevin Cronin, chief election officer for the state of Hawaii, who said her vote will count because her vote was received and reviewed, and met all the legal standards at the time it was cast.

Ms. Dunham’s absentee mail ballot was received and reviewed under the Hawaii standards for processing absentee mail ballots… She was alive at that time. Her ballot will be opened tomorrow, and it will be counted in the same way that all absentee voters would be treated under our law.

Tragically, Dunham died the day before the election itself, but at least she was able to cast a ballot for her grandson before her passing.

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