23 July 2009

Senate attaches military voting reform bill to National Defense Authorization Act

Today the U.S. Senate, by voice vote, approved attaching the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, S. 1415 to the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1390. I've previously discussed S. 1415 here.

There is similar legislation that passed the House of Representatives last month: the Universal Right to Vote Act, HR 1604 and the Absentee Ballot Track, Receive and Confirm Act, HR. 2510. And I've also discussed those bills here.

"It is the least we can do for our troops to make sure their votes get counted when they are serving overseas," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who is the chief sponsor of S. 1415. "This bill will remove the barriers that too often conspire to disenfranchise our military men and women. It is on pace to become law in time for next year's federal elections." Schumer's press release can be found here.

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