07/15/2009 - A Senate panel approved legislation Wednesday designed to ensure that the votes of U.S. troops and other Americans living overseas are counted in upcoming elections.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved the bill (S 1415) by voice vote in response to evidence that military and other overseas voters are being routinely disenfranchised by rules that too strictly limit their ability to cast absentee ballots.
The Pew Center on the States released a report in January saying that 25 states and the District of Columbia do not provide adequate time for military personnel or citizens overseas to vote and have their ballots counted.
Doug Chapin, the center’s director of election initiatives, said in a statement, “Our election system has failed military and overseas voters for far too long.”
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