10 states seek waivers from compliance with MOVE Act

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August 26, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

WASHINGTON, D.C: Ten states including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have applied for one-time waivers from compliance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act with federal authorities[1].

The U.S Justice Department's Voting Rights Section is planning to have a team of attorneys to review the waiver requests[2]. States with late primaries including Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin have applied for waivers[1][3]. The mentioned states have cited their late primary dates prevented them from complying with the 45 day deadline to send out absentee ballots.[2]

However, some advocacy groups representing military and overseas voters feel that the Justice Department is not doing enough to get states in compliance. Eric Eversole of the Military Voter Protection Project said: "the Department of Justice each step of the way, has simply not taken the actions to ensure that the MOVE Act would be implemented in each of the 50 states."[1]

Officials for the Justice Department did not comment further on any follow-up actions they would take to get states in compliance with the act[1].

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