Safe Ways To Protect And Speed Military Votes

Senator Schumer(D) is holding hearings on military voting delays and lost votes.  Senators Inhof(R) and Chrnyn(R) are offering legislation to get the job done, without risking security and privacy <American Chronicle Story>

The legislation attempts to reduce delays in the current absentee voting process for our overseas troops by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to express-ship their completed absentee ballots to local election offices. The bill amends the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986 (UOCAVA) and ensures that the ballots are delivered to the appropriate state election officials by the jurisdiction´s statutory deadline, while safeguarding voter privacy and ballot secrecy.

And from Representative Rush Holt(D): <H.R.2082>

To amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to require States to accept absentee ballots of overseas military and civilian voters which are submitted by the voter to a provider of express mail services not later than the day before the date of the election involved for transmission to the appropriate State election official, to require the Secretary of Defense to reimburse overseas military voters for the costs of using a provider of express mail services to transmit the ballot to the official, and for other purposes.

These are the right ways to do it.  No need to compromise security.  No need for Connecticut’s Secretary of the State to develop methods that Computer Scientists and the Department of Defense are unable to develop.  No need to spend upwards of $500 per vote.  Earlier coverage <here>


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