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Living overseas may not hinder Arizonans from voting

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February 15, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: Arizonans who find themselves living abroad, whether living temporarily or serving in the armed forces, could soon become part of an improved voting process in their state, hopefully by the May 18 special election. On February 11, 2010, Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer signed a bill that allows the state to set new timelines for ballots to be sent overseas and implements a system that verifies completed ballots by overseas residents. According to reports, rejected ballots from those living abroad were not counted due to deadlines that were missed and voters' signatures not being verfied. The new process would fix that, according to the new law.

The bill was strongly supported by the Arizona Legislature and is one of the first bills to become a law in the session. According to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the process will take time to set up and Bennett is unsure if it will be set up before the May election. According to Bennett, "We're going to do everything we can, but for sure we'll have it ready for the primary in late August and the general in early November."[1]

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