Rep Barrett bill removes obstacles for military voters

first_img Categories: Barrett News State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville today introduced legislation to make it easier for active-duty members of the military to vote while serving away from home.The federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires states to provide absentee ballots to active-duty military members in one electronic format – email, fax, or an online portal system – at least 45 days before an election. However, it does not require states to offer an opportunity for ballots to be returned electronically. Current state law requires the ballots to be returned via mail.“The traditional mail requirement serves as a hardship to some of our overseas troops serving in remote overseas locations who have legitimate concerns about whether their absentee ballots will make it back before the deadline,” said Barrett, a helicopter pilot in the Michigan Army National Guard and veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.House Bill 4984 would allow service members to return election ballots to their local clerk using email addresses issued by the United State military, which adds an important layer of security and helps verify the identity of the voter.“The men and women serving our country in the remote deserts of Afghanistan don’t expect to have access to the comforts of home, like Taco Bell and pumpkin spice lattes, but they still deserve the rights they have at home,” Barrett said. “It’s time to remove unnecessary obstacles and make it easier for our service members to exercise their right to vote.”H.B. 4984 will be referred to a committee on Tuesday.### 14Sep Rep. Barrett bill removes obstacles for military voterslast_img read more