Tuesday, November 4


Florida Today - As he headed to the hospital at 4 a.m. for triple bypass heart surgery, Lloyd Chamberlain III did two things: He gave his wife of 33 years his wedding band, and he put his absentee ballot into the mailbox. Voting for U.S. Sen. John McCain for president and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for vice president was one of the last things Chamberlain did in this world. The longtime NASA worker died on the operating table that evening, Oct. 24, after more than 11 hours of surgery. . .

Brevard County elections officials said Chamberlain's vote was received Oct. 25, and it will be counted because, before his death, the ballot was postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service.

"He got his final wish," said Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Bert Childress, who found Chamberlain's ballot.


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