American Legion CO: ‘Voting is not a political act. It’s an act of citizenship.’
On Wednesday, the National Commander of the American Legion, James E. Koutz’ told the National Executive Committee that veterans must have a voice in Washington and that the issues affecting them must be addressed from absentee ballot requests to defense budget sequestration and the back log of VA claims.
In terms of this year’s presidential elections, Koutz relayed his concerns about service members having access to absentee voting ballots and that those ballots be correctly counted when cast.
The Military Voter Protection Project did a study in August 2012 that found absentee ballot requests from service members are down 70 percent from the 2008 elections.