Voting may be free, but a North Las Vegas woman is spending more than $450 for one vote.
Dorothy Wesley is determined her son take part in his first election, even if it meant buying a plane ticket for him.
Wesley's son, Larry Feazell, 18, spent Election Day eve on a plane. He flew in from Washington, DC, where he attends college. He missed the deadline for an absentee ballot in Nevada, but his mom wasn't about to let him off the hook that easily.
"It wasn't so much about the candidates, it was about exercising his right to vote," Wesley said.
Wesley spent $450 to bring her son home. He's a freshman at Howard University.
"He said, ‘Mom, I'll skip this one and vote next time.' And I said, ‘No you're not. You're going to vote,'" Wesley said.
Wesley ponied up the cash and bought her son a plane ticket.
"It was definitely bill money, but it's a sacrifice. Life is a sacrifice, and a lot of people sacrificed for our right to vote," Wesley said.
Wesley admitted that the only other person who thought this was a good idea was her mother.
"She thought it was a great idea, and everybody else is like, ‘You're crazy! You're going to fly him in for one day?'" Wesley said.
Feazell will get on a plane and head back to DC as soon as he's done voting.
Wesley said she doesn't know for whom her son is going to vote. All that matters to her is that he does.
"I think when he comes out of that booth tomorrow, he's going to feel good," she said.
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