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Respecting the Military Vote

Updated on August 23, 2010


The right to vote is an important if not critical aspect of our political system.  Along with this right it is important that all those eligible to vote and are registered be allowed to vote and have their votes counted.  Part of the election process involves absentee ballots and there are various requirements in place from state to state but one aspect should always be the same.  It is the process for distribution of absentee ballots for our military serving in foreign lands.  A new law titled the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act was signed into law by President Obama as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.  I heartily applaud this act as recognition of the right of the military, their dependents and civilians outside the United States to have their votes counted.

     This election year is an important one with many issues and concerns across the country.  Those in the military in past elections according to past news reports have had problems getting their votes counted.  This is a disservice to those serving to protect us around the world.  Changes need to be made to address any issue that impacts the acceptance of those in the military or those supporting them in foreign lands.  There are reports that some states have taken measures to address issues they may have had in the past and I applaud those who have done so.   Many votes are taking place this election year and those in the military deserve to have their votes counted. 

     This election year as with others involves primaries which determine candidates to face off in the general election in November.  Our election process is not a complicated one but it is one that can have some problems.  I am a strong supporter of our military and I feel that we need to provide everything they need and respect the sacrifices they make every day.  This includes sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice.  States and the Federal government must work together to ensure all military votes are properly counted for any election. 

     The right to vote is given to us in the Constitution and as such this right should not be hampered when elections are being held whether it is a local, state or national election.  Those serving us in the military, their dependents or those who support them should have an easy process to cast their votes and have them counted.  Our country is a great country and one of the things that make it great is the privileges we have which include the right to vote.  Our vote is the opportunities to voice our opinion on issues of the day to let those running for office know how we feel.  As stated earlier I am a strong supporter of our military and the opportunity for them to vote should be an easy process making sure that it ensures they will be counted relative to their place of residence.  

     The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act signed into law through the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 is a good thing and I again applaud this recognition.  The process in support of this legislation appears to be inconsistent between states.  This needs to change.  Recognizing and giving citizens overseas the opportunity to vote and have their votes counted.  It is hoped that the problems associated with the military votes of the past have been corrected and that in this election year we truly honor our military vote.  The process should provide sufficient time to send absentee ballots overseas and have them return and appropriately recognized and counted in the results.   



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      Chaotic Chica 7 years ago

      Thank you for writing this hub! It is, indeed, a very important topic and one that many people are unaware of. Great job!