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Electronic voting in consideration for military overseas

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April 15, 2013

Connecticut

By Justin Haas

HARTFORD, Connecticut: In Connecticut, legislators are considering making changes to military overseas voting policies, enabling overseas members of the military to vote electronically by fax or email. This is due to the fact that many service members are effectively disenfranchised by the current method of overseas voting.[1]

Sometimes ballots are not received overseas until days after the election. Additionally, in many cases ballots that have been filled out and mailed back never reach their destination or are not counted because they arrive too late.[1]

Currently, 28 states allow members of the armed services to vote electronically and have not reported problems. Senator Gayle Slossberg (D) said, "I would rather err on the side of giving our soldiers the right to vote than shutting the door on them for something that might or might not happen and certainly has not happened in any other state."[1]

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