Grandma Dunham's vote counts

Though she passed away the day before the election, Obama's grandmother's absentee ballot will count.

By Thomas Schaller

Published November 4, 2008 2:57PM (EST)

The Stranger's intrepid reporter Eli Sanders was worried that the vote of Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother who passed away in Hawaii early Monday, might not be counted. So he made a call down to the elections office and confirmed that her vote, cast absentee, will count.

Though Hawaii is not a swing state, it is fitting that, despite sadly dying just hours short of seeing her grandson's possible election to the presidency, Dunham contributed in her own way.

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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