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Virginia Helping Military Personnel Get Their Votes In

July 12th, 2013

While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.

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Military Voter Readiness Stressed at Boots & Ballots Kick Off

July 11th, 2013

Senior government officials stress the importance of voter registration information for members of the military at the Boots and Ballots Kickoff hosted by the Virginia State Board of Elections July 10, 2013, the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

For more information, visit http://www.heroesvote.org/ or http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/.

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Cornyn, Schumer announce bipartisan voting legislation for overseas military personnel

July 8th, 2013

Texas Sen. John Cornyn and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that they have collaborated in creating a piece of legislation that will assist members of the military who are stationed overseas with voting.

The Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements Act or SENTRI Act takes two substantial actions that make certain that deployed service men and women and their families receive absentee ballots with at least 45 days before election day.

The first provision under the SENTRI Act says that states would be obligated to report how successful they were in sending out the ballots before the 45 days mark. Should the states neglect to do so, they will be required to express mail the absentee ballots to those awaiting them, and depending on how close to election day it is, express mail the ballots back.

The SENTRI Act will also repeal the now unnecessary provision of the Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009, which said states can be waived from the 45-day requirement.

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Chuck Schumer, John Cornyn Aim To Improve Absentee Voting For Military Personnel

July 3rd, 2013

WASHINGTON — Two senators said Wednesday they want Congress to improve voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel stationed abroad by tightening rules on states for getting absentee ballots to them.

Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, said they want to eliminate waivers for states that that fail to mail ballots overseas 45 days before an election. States that miss the deadline would be required to mail the ballots express mail, despite the much higher expense.

The measure would toughen a 2010 law governing absentee voting in the military and the counting of those ballots. A congressional report estimated that 25 percent of ballots cast by military and overseas voters in the 2008 presidential election went uncounted.

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Army Association Honors OH Secretary of State Jon Husted

April 22nd, 2013

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – A nonprofit association is honoring Ohio’s secretary of state for his efforts to ease the voting process for military personnel and their families.

The Association of the United States Army planned Friday to present a certificate of appreciation to Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) in the Cleveland suburb of Independence. A spokesman for the group says the certificate recognizes Husted’s efforts to simplify the voting process for military personnel and make voting information more accessible.

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California AB269 to give military more voting rights

April 10th, 2013

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A measure written by a local assemblywoman that would give military personnel overseas more voting rights has cleared its first hurdle.

Assembly Bill 269 would allow the ballots of military service members and other Californians overseas to be counted up to three days after Election Day, so long as the ballots are postmarked by that day.

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Deal Reached on Kentucky Military Voting Legislation

March 27th, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A last-minute deal on legislation that would allow help streamline the voting process by overseas military personnel has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly.

Working until the last minute of the 2013 session, lawmakers went back to the original Senate version of the military voting bill, which allows for electronic sending of ballots to overseas military but snail mail return of the ballot.

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