College students drove more than 1,500 miles to help friend cast ballot: 'It was a no brainer'


More than 1,500 miles couldn’t stop one Georgia college student from voting in the presidential election.

Hannah Tindall, a 22-year-old senior at Georgia Tech was so determined to vote, she took a 24-hour road trip to her hometown to cast her ballot in person.

Tindall initially registered for an absentee ballot, but when she made a mistake, she realized she had no choice but to make the trek back home.

"I filled out my absentee ballot, sealed the security envelope and realized I made a mistake," Tindall explained to CNN, adding, "I frantically opened it and totally destroyed the seal.”

Thankfully, Tindall didn’t have to do it alone.

After her friends heard what happened, they said it was a “no brainer” to drive her back to Harleysville, Pennsylvania to vote.

"I had the time and nothing better to do than make sure she gets to her polling place on time," said Jack Purdy, friend and fellow classmate.

Other friends Dan Kotten and Gavin Williamson joined the road trip on Monday night.

With a 12-hour trip one way, everyone took turns driving. They arrived at the polling place around 11 a.m., just in time for Tindall to cast her vote on Election Day.

"There was a very small line, we got there before the lunchtime rush," Tindall said. "I was able to surrender my absentee ballot and got out pretty quick."

Tindall didn’t vote alone; she was joined by her parents and aunt, who still needed to cast their ballot.

"I hadn't seen my family since the end of the summer. It was a big surprise for my mom," Tindall explained of the impromptu reunion.

"I decided to tell her this morning and called when we were a couple hours out and she started crying,” she added.

Tindall said that voting has always been important to her, but even more so now because Pennsylvania is a “swing state.”

“Yes, it matters who you vote for, but being informed and exercising your right to vote ... It's an awesome gift that a lot of people in other countries don't have,” she added.

Once she officially voted, Tindall and her friends hit the road back to Atlanta where they said they would await the results of the election.

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