The ground game in Iowa has traditionally revolved around an absentee ballot program.
On an absentee ballot mailed from Camp War Eagle, I voted John Kerry for president in 2004.
In Stark County, the total number of early votes cast by absentee ballot and in person is up from 2008 for Democrats.
Van Flein, who is also the Palin family lawyer, is observing the absentee ballot counting for the Miller camp.
In case they fail to secure it in time, they are helping him get an absentee ballot.