Pentagon urging troops to get absentee ballots
Election Day is exactly six weeks away and the Pentagon this week is reminding troops and their families stationed overseas to request absentee ballots as soon as possible.
Troops, their families, and heck, ANY American living overseas who wants to vote, should visit FVAP.gov (Federal Voting Assistance Program) to register, request a ballot or track the delivery of a ballot.
FVAP is a government office established to ensure the absentee process is easy and efficient and a new law that went into effect this year is helping its efforts by requiring that the 50 states make it easier for troops, ex-pats and overseas federal workers to obtain ballots and voter information online. (Wisconsin had some issues with the law, but recently reached a deal with the military and Justice Department to ensure compliance.)
"We encourage all military personnel, their family members, and overseas citizens to exercise their right to vote," said Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. "We strongly recommend they complete and mail their absentee ballots immediately."
The process of obtaining a ballot used to take 30 to 40 days, Stanley recalled. Now it should take about 10 to 15 minutes, he said.
Are you a service member, government worker or American who's had problems voting from overseas in the past? Do you think this new program will help the process or do little to improve the ease of absentee voting?
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| September 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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