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Oklahoma vote comes from 8,370 miles away

Brett Shreck, a missionary living in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, spent $35 to have his ballot faxed to Oklahoma so he can vote in today's election. This is the first time Shreck, of Edmond, has not voted in Oklahoma.
BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: November 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm •  Published: November 2, 2010

A ballot cast by an Edmond man 8,370 miles from home will be counted today in Oklahoma's elections.

Brett Shreck, a missionary living in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is voting this election season from somewhere other than in Oklahoma for the first time. He feels it is his duty to vote no matter how far away he is from his polling place.

"Living in a country where the government is for the people and by the people, I think it is our duty to vote," Shreck said. "If it was not for each individual vote there could be no collective voice."

Shreck, his wife, and four children — two are sons the couple adopted in Rwanda in 2007 — have been in Rwanda since February. They plan to be there until 2013. The Shrecks and three other families serving in Rwanda attended Quail Springs Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.

Shreck is there with Rwanda Outreach and Community Partners, an Oklahoma faith-based nonprofit organization. He is working with a primary and secondary school he helped start in Rwanda and an urban African church. The organization also helps send top Rwandan students to the United States to get college educations.

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