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August 17, 2010
Chapman Streamlines Military Voting in Time for November

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Secretary of State Beth Chapman announced today that Alabama’s military and overseas voters, for the first time in history, will have a faster and more convenient way to receive their absentee ballots for November’s federal elections through the use of electronic transmission. 


The state has signed a contract with Scytl USA that will allow for the electronic transmission of ballots to military and overseas voters only.  This change, which Chapman has strongly supported for years, is now required under a new federal law aimed at reducing the amount of time it takes for military and overseas voters to receive their absentee ballots for federal elections. 


“This will ensure that members of our military have more time to cast their ballots, send them back home and most importantly, have them counted,” Chapman said.


Chapman has been a state and national leader in ensuring that our military members have a more efficient way to vote, including testifying before a congressional committee on the issue.  She also created and chaired Alabama’s Military and Overseas Voting Task Force. “It is of the utmost importance that those who defend our freedoms and our right to vote have their votes counted,” Chapman said.


Under the new law, Alabama’s military voters will be able to receive their absentee ballots for federal elections much more quickly via electronic means. “We will continue to work to provide the most convenient voting methods possible for our men and women in uniform. It is the least we can do for them,” Chapman concluded.


For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: