Friday, December 18, 2009

Pentagon Announces Policy to Assist with Voter Registration

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.

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