07/11/2008 - Millions of Americans abroad, including about 175,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, face chronic timing and technological problems if they try to vote in this fall's presidential election.
Troubles that caused low turnout in the past will be compounded by 11 late state-office primaries in September or October, which delays mailing absentee ballots. Efforts to expand electronic voting have slowed because of privacy concerns.
Michael Caudell-Feagan, who directs a voting program for the Pew Center on the States, said electronic voting is the best long-term solution. Yet Election Assistance Commission chairwoman Rosemary Rodriguez said the FedEx program "might really change the numbers that we're getting."
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