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Woman goes the distance to get her vote counted

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

While thousands of Texans lined up to vote early in Harris County, a new resident was turned away.

"I was angry and shocked at the same time and I was determined to vote," Niecy Telemaque said.

In January, Telemaque moved to Texas from Georgia.  When she arrived, she did what all new residents do.

"When I came to Houston, I registered my car and I also registered to vote," she said.  "When I did so, I thought everything was set, so when I went to vote early, they told me I was not in the system in the state of Texas."

She said the only option voting officials offered her was a provisional ballot that, when validated, would count 30 days after the election.

What she did next shocked all of her friends in Houston.  A few days later, she hopped in her car drove more than 700 miles back to Georgia to cast her vote on Election Day.

"I made a decision at that point that I didn't want to risk my vote," she said.  "That was not an option."

She chronicled her journey on Facebook with pictures of her voting and her "I voted in Georgia" sticker.  She said it was a responsibility she could not shirk knowing the history and how she's now able to stand proud and vote in America.

"We have for years fought for the right to vote.  It was not an option for me to be able to vote," she said.

All her friends in Houston can say is "You go girl!"

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