Concerning some negative comments about Alaska's absentee ballots, I'm serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and am currently stationed in Portsmouth, Va.
In late October, I was on vacation to visit relatives in Florida. Two weeks prior to the presidential election, I contacted the Division of Election office explaining that I did not receive my absentee ballot before my departure and that I would be in Florida till Nov. 3. I requested a new absentee ballot be sent to my vacation address. Lo and behold, I received it well in advance of the elections and was able to get it back in the mail. I called the Division of Election office and it worked perfectly.
If some people are "ashamed" of their state because of this, than so be it.
I'm pretty doggone proud.