The military absentee ballot has been an issue for many election cycles. Along with the right to serve, the military member also has the right to vote and have that vote counted. The counting of that vote does not always happen. There are many issues involved here and the Election Assistance Commission does not seem capable of tracking the issues,much less formulating solutions to may voting easier for those in service. Read the below.
As Written by Erin Vogel, Fox News21 and Michael Olinger as reported on The Washington Post:
When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. And the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), charged with monitoring their votes, may not know either.
Under the Help America Vote Act, the ballots of military and overseas voters are supposed to be tallied by their home states and sent to the EAC, which reports them to Congress. But a News21 analysis of the EAC’s data found that at least 1 in 8 jurisdictions reported receiving more ballots than they sent, counting more ballots than they received or rejecting more ballots than they received.
Some jurisdictions blame the EAC for confusing forms on which they are supposed to record military and overseas participation numbers. Paul Lux is supervisor of elections for Okaloosa County, Fla., home to Eglin Air Force Base and a large number of military voters.
“It will ask me how many ballots were mailed to overseas voters and how many ballots were returned from overseas voters in various locations in the survey. That is fine, but how am I supposed to account for ballots that are sent to domestic addresses but are returned from overseas?” Lux said. “There are just too many potential anomalies in the way we have to provide service to these voters.” ….
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