Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Ensuring Voting Rights For Those Serving Their Country Away From Home

Friday, October 12, 2001

Without a doubt, the low point of the fiercely contested Florida presidential race was the desperate effort of Al Gore`s legal legions to have courts reject absentee ballots cast by America`s armed forces serving overseas. To prevent a recurrence of such a spectacle and to address related problems predating the 2000 elections, corrective legislation has been introduced in Congress.

Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) has introduced S. 381, the "Military Voting Support Act of 2001," and Reps. William "Mac" Thornberry (R-Tex.), Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.), Sam Johnson (R-Tex.), and Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) have offered H.R. 1377, the "Military Overseas Empowerment Act of 2001."

S. 381 would amend the "Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act" to prohibit a state from refusing to count a ballot submitted in an election for federal office by an absent uniformed services voter by deeming it was improperly or fraudulently cast, unless the state finds clear and convincing evidence of fraud in ballot preparation or casting (lack of a witness signature, address, postmark or other identifying information would not be considered clear and convincing evidence of fraud absent other information or evidence).

For purposes of voting for any state or federal office, S. 381 would amend the "Soldiers` and Sailors` Civil Relief Act of 1940," to prohibit a person in military service absent from a state because of compliance with military orders, from being deemed, solely by reason of that absence, to have: (1) lost a residence or domicile in any state; (2) acquired a residence or domicile in any other state; or (3) become a resident in or a resident of any other state.

It would amend the "Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act" to require each state to: (1) permit absent uniformed services voters to use absentee registration procedures and vote by absentee ballot in general, special, primary and runoff elections for state and local office; and (2) accept and process, with respect to any such election, any otherwise valid voter registration application from an absent uniformed services voter, if the application is received by the appropriate state election official before the election.

S. 381 would amend federal armed forces law to authorize: (1) the Secretary of a military department to make a building located on a military installation under the Secretary`s jurisdiction available for use as a polling place in any federal, state or local election for public office; and (2) the Secretary of Defense to make reserve component facilities available for the same purpose.

It would require each state, with respect to any recently separated uniformed services voter requesting to vote in a federal election, to: (1) deem the voter to be a resident of the state; (2) waive any residency or domicile requirement; (3) accept and process any otherwise valid voter registration application from the voter on the day of the election; and (4) permit the voter to vote.

It would direct the Secretary, during federal elections in 2002, to establish a demonstration project to determine the feasibility and advisability of using an electronic voting system by uniformed services voters during such elections in 2004.

A key point of H.R. 1377 requests that the Secretary of Defense explore options for bringing voting methods in line with 21st Century technology. Specifically, it would expand a pilot program used sporadically in the last election that would increase the number of military personnel and their dependents able to cast ballots electronically in the November 2002 midterm election.

H.R. 1377 also would provide for the following:

  1. Guarantee residency for military personnel and their families in federal elections, allowing military members and their families to register and submit ballots in all federal elections. (Some states do not recognize the rights of military voters and their families to vote in their domicile of origin).
  2. Compel the states to find clear and convincing evidence of fraud before discounting a vote.
  3. Give adequate time (30 days) for military absentee voters to receive and send back their ballots.
  4. Streamline the ballot distribution process by allowing members of the military and their families to make one request, good for the entire year.
  5. Ask the Secretary of Defense to set up an electronic voting demonstration.

The "findings" section of H.R. 1377 notes that: "The disenfranchisement of military voters has been acknowledged since 1952, when the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives conducted hearings on the likely disenfranchisement of military personnel then fighting in the Korean War, and President Truman recommended the enactment of temporary legislation by Congress since it `should be possible to make all the necessary changes in state laws before the congressional elections of 1954.`"

The most recent controversy over uncounted military absentee ballots has again shown that the votes of many military members and their families have not been counted because of confusing state and local procedures, cumbersome ballot request and submission requirements, and complicated procedures and ballots. It is time for change.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Other
TRENDING NOW
Biden’s Anti-gun Lies are Too Much Even for Legacy Press Fact Checkers

News  

Monday, April 19, 2021

Biden’s Anti-gun Lies are Too Much Even for Legacy Press Fact Checkers

With President Joe Biden securely in office and the 2024 presidential election 43 months away, the mainstream press has determined it an acceptable time to expose the frequent fibber’s most flagrant falsehoods.

Hunter Biden Memoir Among Mounting Evidence of Federal Gun Law Violations

News  

Monday, April 19, 2021

Hunter Biden Memoir Among Mounting Evidence of Federal Gun Law Violations

As President Joe Biden and his Department of Justice concoct new firearm restrictions for ordinary law-abiding Americans, 

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

In New Executive Gun Control Push, Biden Seems to Throw Obama, and Himself, Under the Bus

News  

Monday, April 12, 2021

In New Executive Gun Control Push, Biden Seems to Throw Obama, and Himself, Under the Bus

At Biden's recent Rose Garden ceremony, where he announced his latest assault on the Second Amendment, he lied a number of times, and garbled the name of the federal agency tasked with enforcing federal gun ...

New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Announces Drastic Gun Control Agenda

Thursday, April 15, 2021

New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Announces Drastic Gun Control Agenda

Thursday morning, Gov. Phil Murphy held a press conference to unveil yet another gun control package in the Garden State.  

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Constitutional Carry Legislation

Monday, April 19, 2021

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Constitutional Carry Legislation

Today, Senate Judiciary C Committee passed Constitutional Carry legislation, Senate Bill 118, by a 3 to 2 vote.  

Nevada: Assembly Passes Ban on Home-Built Firearms

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Nevada: Assembly Passes Ban on Home-Built Firearms

Yesterday, the Assembly voted 26-16 to pass an amended version of Assembly Bill 286, to end the centuries old practice of making firearms for personal use.

North Carolina: House to Hear Pistol Permit Repeal Language

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

North Carolina: House to Hear Pistol Permit Repeal Language

Today, at 3:00PM, the House Judiciary 4 Committee is going to hear an amendment to House Bill 398, to add language legalizing acquiring handguns without having to first apply for a permit.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

West Virginia: Gov. Justice Signs Bill to Protect 2A Rights in Emergencies

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

West Virginia: Gov. Justice Signs Bill to Protect 2A Rights in Emergencies

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 458 into law. It prohibits the state, government officials and agencies, or local governments, from restricting the lawful carrying, sale, or use of firearms and ammunition during states of emergency ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution..