Emily Miller, 22, is a recent college graduate who moved to the nation's capital over the summer to work for a non-profit.
She registered for an absentee ballot before the deadline, but Monday night when it hadn't arrived, she made the decision to buy a $33 Megabus ticket to her hometown of Durham where she's still registered to vote.
MADE IT ONTO THE BUS! In a night mask because skincare stops for no election. Next stop: probably VA but I’m comin’ for ya Bull City! pic.twitter.com/hRfeREkd5L— Emi Anne (@f_emi_nist) November 6, 2018
"It's so easy for us to vote here in America, even if it is a 258 mile journey to get to your polling place like it has been for me," Miller said. "Absolutely it was worth it. Anything is worth it for our democracy."
Miller's mother, Kimberley Caulfeild, described the moment her phone rang at the dinner table.
"'Mom, I'm thinking of coming to Durham,'" Caulfeild recalled her daughter saying. "'I'm going to take the overnight bus. My absentee ballot didn't arrive. Will you pick me up at 5 a.m.?' Of course!"
I MADE IT TO DURHAM!! My momma @KDCaulfeild came to pick me up from the bus. This woman is the reason I got into politics because I saw her working for change in Durham when I was a kid. Also, she somehow still looks AMAZING at 5am. pic.twitter.com/h6I6LukHTp— Emi Anne (@f_emi_nist) November 6, 2018
With enough time for a power nap and cup of coffee, Miller was in line to vote at her assigned polling place at Southwest Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Immediately after casting her ballot, Miller took a flight back to D.C. to get to work on time.
Hi team! I made it to work! Thanks for everything the past few hours! Let’s bring this election HOME! (ft. my gremlin face) pic.twitter.com/rQ6xnCjefD— Emi Anne (@f_emi_nist) November 6, 2018
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, if a voter moves to another state for an indefinite period of time, they're no longer eligible to vote in their previous county.
Miller said she plans to keep her voter registration in North Carolina for as long as she's able.
"North Carolina's a swing state and D.C. doesn't have the same representation opportunities," she said.