Friday, December 18, 2009
The Defense Department this week announced a new policy to ask all military personnel if they want to register to vote when they relocate to a new base. The New York Times reports here.
The initiative is designed to address long-standing problems with military personnel registering and voting. It comes in the wake of a provision (Sections 575 to 589) in the Defense Department authorization, passed in October, that would make it easier for overseas citizens and military personnel to vote absentee.
Senator Cornyn (R-TX) reportedly held up confirmation of President Obama's nomination for under-secretary of defense for personnel and readiness until the Defense Department agreed to this change.