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March 31, 2011
Military Voting Moving Full Speed Through Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Secretary of State Beth Chapman is pleased with the quick action taken by the Alabama Legislature on the issue of military and overseas voting.  Senate Bill 55, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial, who is a former Brigadier General in the Alabama National Guard, would allow military and overseas voters to obtain absentee ballots and cast their vote while serving abroad.  The bill allows military and overseas voters three additional ways to return their voted ballots, including fax, commercial ground or air carriers such as UPS and FedEx, and secure electronic access.  Currently, absentee ballots can only be returned by hand delivery or U.S. mail.

“We must ensure that our military voters are able to cast their ballots,” said Chapman.  “Those who defend democracy should be allowed to participate in it.  This bill would do just that.”

The House version of this bill, House Bill 176, made it through the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee unanimously on Wednesday. 

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For more information, visit Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s Web Site:  http://www.sos.alabama.gov/