For those wondering about dogged voter Domonique Williams...

 

USA

Stop worrying. Domonique made it.

Yes, that Domonique — Domonique Williams, the unusually dogged American voter who hopped a plane from Washington to Boston in hopes of getting to the polls on Tuesday after her absentee ballot didn't show up in time. Williams, who is 27 and had moved to Washington for a temporary contract job as an administrative assistant at the Federal Aviation Administration, was so determined to vote that she bought a $289.60 plane ticket that she really couldn't afford.

The trip was a last-minute solution to weeks of frustration — phone call after phone call after phone call to election authorities — and pique over the fact that two of her friends hadn't received their absentee ballots, either. Williams' inspiration came from her 91-year-old great-grandmother, Edna Murrell, who is African American and grew up in the South during an era of disenfranchisement and voter intimidation.

On Tuesday, Williams' voting adventure turned excellent. Her plane touched down in time and she went to the polls in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston with her mother and grandmother. On the way, she stopped off in Newton, Mass. to hand-deliver an absentee ballot for one of her friends — who had forgotten to mail it.

Ever since The Washington Post ran a story about Williams — which went to press before she arrived at her polling place — we've been hearing from readers who were touched by her story and intrigued about how it may have ended. Some have even offered to pay all or part of her airfare.

"For the little old ladies who remember all these battles — for civil rights, women's rights, for equal pay — it means so much to see a young person who appreciates how important these rights are," a reader named Gail Wade wrote.

Williams volunteered as a canvasser for President Barack Obama's campaign and was eager to vote on Tuesday for Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who won. Williams said she cared deeply about the outcome of both campaigns. What she didn't anticipate was that anyone would care deeply about her, one American voter on what turned out to be an unusual quest.

"Hopefully folks will keep this story in mind the next time they're faced with something as trivial as long lines at the polls!" she wrote in an e-mail.

She signed off with a smiley face.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Manager

£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity to...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Manager - Production

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Trainee Managers are required to join the UK's...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Manager

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will maximise the effective...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + uncapped commission : SThree: Hello! I know most ...

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss