08/27/2010 - Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island were granted waivers Friday to ignore a new federal law meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas, while Wisconsin was denied in its request.
Not getting the waiver calls into question how Wisconsin will comply with deadlines for counting all votes cast for the Nov. 2 election by members of the military and others living overseas. State election officials said they have already begun talks with the U.S. Department of Justice, which is charged with enforcing the defense department's decision, about what to do next.
Last year the Pew Center on the States identified problems with the turnaround of military and overseas ballots in 25 states. The report found that it took states anywhere from 21 to 60 days before an election to mail ballots to overseas voters and sometimes they didn't come back until it was too late to be counted.
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