Well, a week before the election I was getting pretty frantic because we still did not have them. I called the county clerk's office and the lady told me that they had been mailed out three weeks before the election just as I had been told.
So, I went to our APO (army post office) which was located inside Campbell Barracks which is a very hard post to get on. (they won't let spouses on post until after two o'clock in the afternoon because of their parking problem even though they let all sorts of Germany nationals and Europeans on post but that is another story)
Anyway, I asked the woman at the help desk if she knew where our ballots were. (I had already checked our mail box inside the post office) The lady checked in the back and came walking up with them. They had been placed in "bulk mail" even though they had first class postage on them. The absentee ballots were also clearly marked as absentee ballots so that really made me angry. Bulk mail basically consisted of magazines, catalogs and junk mail and typically would take a long time to get.
Most of the magazines would be placed in our boxes a few months after they arrived. I filled out a complaint form but my complaint was never answered.
My husband and I filled out our ballots that night and mailed them express the next day and with return receipt requested. I never received a return receipt back on my ballot. My husband did and it showed that his ballot had arrived at the county clerks office on election day.
So, at least one of us got to vote for President Bush. I have a feeling that the shenanigans happened somewhere between the post office in Fort Smith and the army post office. I have a feeling it happens to a lot of people and probably will again this year.