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Monday, October 27, 2008

Attorney General: count all absentee military ballots

Absentee ballots from overseas military voters lacking the name and address of a witness must be counted, according to a formal opinion from Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

The opinion affirms that federal law preempts state law, a news release from McDonnell’s office says.

At issue is a state requirement that the completed federal ballot provide the name and address of a witness to the absentee vote – unless the voter has also requested a separate, state-furnished ballot. The federal form, used for voting in all 50 states, does not provide a space for the address and does not specify which states, such as Virginia, require it.

If the Virginia law were upheld, it threatened to invalidate some of the thousands of absentee votes being cast by military members and other Virginians overseas.
The federal write-in absentee ballot is most commonly used by members of the military who are stationed overseas and have not received a state absentee ballot, the Attorney General’s news (Read more...)

1 comment:

AirmanMom said...

This is such a relief!
It would have been simply wrong if those ballots had not been counted! Those protecting our freedoms, including the freedom to vote-deserve to exercise their rights as well. I have never voted using an absentee-does the process need to be cleaned up?

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...