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Cheryl McConnell poses with a copy of the absentee ballot of her now-deceased mother, Opal 'Trixie' Porter, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, in her Raleigh, N.C., home. In what would be her last conscious act, Porter, 90, filled out her absentee ballot. Within an hour, Porter slipped into a coma, followed by her death on October 5. An untold number of ballots like Porter's will be counted, because of the cumbersome process of enforcing laws in nearly every state to weed out the absentee votes of those who die by Election Day. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
Cheryl McConnell holds a copy of the absentee ballot of her now-deceased mother, Opal "Trixie" Porter, in her Raleigh, North Carolina, home. In what would be her last conscious act, Porter, 90, filled out her absentee ballot. Within an hour, Porter slipped into a coma, followed by her death on October 5. An untold number of ballots like Porter's will be counted, because of the cumbersome process of enforcing laws in nearly every state to weed out the absentee votes of those who die by Election Day. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)