Posted: November 6, 2012
Delays in Military Ballots
According to this report, several Republican Senators are concerned that some military voters had not received their ballots as of yesterday. Although the actual extent of this problem is unknown, it is part of an ongoing effort to improve the delivery of absentee ballots to these voters. Federal law now requires states to be able to transmit ballots to these voters 45 days before the election, and to do so electronically if the voter desires. The voted ballots must still be returned by Election Day by regular mail. Concern over a few states' compliance with these requirements led to at least one lawsuit earlier this fall in Wisconsin, which resulted in a settlement, as we reported here.