>Journal Entry – Nov. 9, 2008 – Pacific Ocean

>My name is Shawn Green. I am a Damage Controlman Second Class, I have been aboard the Munro for about two and a half years and I’ve been in the Coast Guard for a little over ten years.
Voting underway was definitely a different experience than voting back home. Being from the state of Alaska, where the Munro is home ported, all I would have had to do is go to my local voting office walk into the little cubicle, cast my vote and leave.

Underway, I filled out an absentee voting form and a write -in ballot that I returned to Ensign Crystal Hudak, the Munro’s Voting Officer. Miss Hudak then faxed in my form and my ballot during our final port call in Yokosuka, Japan.

The voting services provided by the Command through Miss Hudak were very effective and efficient, given the circumstances. Changes in the Munro’s operations and infrequent port calls made the whole process more difficult than it normally would have been, even underway, but Miss Hudak did her best to work with me and help me get my vote in on time.

One of the biggest problems I had with voting underway was the lack of information due to the unreliability of our internet connection underway. I like to read up on the various measures and propositions that are on the ballot, in order to make an informed decision. I normally do my homework before hand, but there are a lot of things I would have liked to review, but I didn’t have the chance to do so while we were underway.

Although the Presidential Election was the focus of the voting efforts here on the Munro, there are a lot of other things that can have an impact on my life stateside. Voting on these measures is also important to me.

I think that voting, overall, is very important. It is one of our basic freedoms as American Citizens and it is our right and our responsibility to make our voice heard through our vote. I think most of the crew on the Munro understood the importance of voting and the Command made every effort to support our right and get our votes counted.

As a member of the U.S. Military, I have a say in choosing the next Commander In Chief. How many people can say that they had a vote in choosing their next boss?