01/08/2009 - Dear Sgt. Shaft:
As the nation prepares to inaugurate a new president, the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) continues its work to reform the absentee voting process for military and overseas voters. FRA advocates for enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and supports initiatives that streamline the process by which military voters request and cast absentee ballots.
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In addition to FRA's repeated calls for Congress to improve the absentee voting process, the association also has joined forces with other military and voting advocacy groups to expand awareness and develop solutions to address these concerns. FRA is supporting the Make Voting Work for Military and Overseas Voters initiative sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts Foundation and participated in the Democracy at a Distance summit on Capitol Hill, which focused on ways to make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots. FRA national Executive Director Joe Barnes moderated a discussion group at the summit on potential legislative strategies to address the challenges faced by this segment of the voting public.
Read Sargent Shaft's entire column Move to Streamline Absentee Voting on the Washington Times' Web site.