11:21am

Thu October 29, 2009
WVAS Local

Legislation gives military personnel access to ballot

Montgomery, AL – - A bill that has passed Congress and been
signed by President Barack Obama would streamline the process for
military personnel overseas to cast ballots in Alabama elections.
The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act requires that
military voters in federal elections be allowed to order and
receive ballots by e-mail, fax or other electronic means. Alabama
military voters must now use the U.S. Mail to order and receive
election ballots.
The director of the Help America Vote program in the Alabama
Secretary of State's Office, Adam Thompson, said the legislation
would cut by 50 percent the amount of time it takes military
personnel to order and cast ballots in federal elections.
The bill passed Congress last week and was signed by Obama
Wednesday.