“Go Fund Me” gets Worthington woman home to cast ballot

Worthington native Erin Pfeifer casts her ballot Tuesday.
Worthington native Erin Pfeifer casts her ballot Tuesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Worthington woman who recently moved to Colorado ran into problems attempting to cast her vote in the election. So she found a solution to do her civic duty.

A Go-Fund-Me page.

Erin Pfeifer recently moved to Colorado to live with her brother. She’s still looking for a job and has not established residency in Colorado, so she’s still a legal Ohio voter. She contacted the Franklin County Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot. Erin says he spoke with the BOE over the phone and was told her ballot had been sent in the mail. She never received it. She says she tried twice more to get a ballot but as of Saturday none had been delivered to her.

So she took her frustrations where many millenials take their frustrations… Facebook.

Erin posted about her situation and was flooded with responses and suggestions on next steps. One friend suggested she create a Go Fund Me account to cover the cost of a plane ticket from Denver to Columbus so she could vote in-person.

It worked. In about 3 hours Erin had raised more than $1,000 to cover the cost of her trip. So… by Saturday night she had purchased her ticket home.

Tuesday, she walked into her polling place in Worthington, filed a provisional ballot and received her voting sticker.

Pfeifer says she was uniquely motivated to vote this year because of concerns about the future of the country.

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