Making Military Votes Overseas Count

There were 534 absentee ballots from overseas military voters that were not counted last November because they didn't get home by Election Day. Those votes would get a little more time under a new bill proposed Tuesday.

Legislators want to allow county clerks to accept those military absentee ballots if they arrive within a week of the September primary or within 10 days of general election in November, as long as the ballots are mailed by Election Day.

Representative Brett Davis says it’s not fair that a slow mail system denies some troops the right to vote.

"There was 3,380 military absentee ballots that were actually returned. Of these, about 16-percent were received but did not count."

Davis says nationwide, 29 percent of military absentee ballots were not returned or arrived too late to count.


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