Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wire: Study Reveals 28% of Deployed Servicemembers Votes Not Counted

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2009 -- Newswires reported today that a study released Wednesday says that 28 percent of deployed service members were unable to vote in the November elections because their absentee ballots were uncounted or never collected.

The Army Times reported that the finding, based on data gathered by the Congressional Research Service from seven states with high populations of military voters, is worse than in the 2000 presidential election, despite a massive effort to improve the absentee voting process, said Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-NY), who requested the study.

The seven states in the study were California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

Combined, they account for 43.5 percent of the active-duty military population.

(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: Study: 28% of deployed troop votes not counted

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