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Editorial: Military vote system needs streamlining

The Bexar County Elections Department had another successful experience handling the overseas military vote during this month’s general election, but local officials could use the military’s help in streamlining the process.

Close to 10,000 absentee ballots were sent out by the elections department prior to the election. Most of the ballots cast were returned early enough to be posted on the election night results, but 1,879 overseas ballots had to be added to the tallies after Election Day. Election law allows elections departments to accept overseas ballots five days after an election.

The added figures did not change any final outcomes, but tabulating them was a labor intensive process that took five days to complete.

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