Military Voting Made Easier

Making voting more fair and easier for military personnel and overseas U.S. employees is being implemented for the 2010 elections.

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming now has a model law to follow to make it easier for military and overseas U.S. residents to cast their vote in the 2010 Primaries and General Election. In the past, those in both categories have had challenges receiving their voting ballots early enough to get them filled out and returned in time to be counted with those stateside.

The Uniform Law Commission just gave its approval to a model law that aims to help Wyoming fix its glitches. Doug Chapin with the Pew Center on the States offered input on the project. He says meeting election timelines while respecting the way local, state and federal elections operate isn't an easy task, which is why this “model law” was needed.

For federal elections, Congress approved the Military and Oversees Voter Empowerment Act late last year, so now it's up to the states to bring their code into compliance. Chapin says tapping into modern technologies is a big step because of concerns about privacy and security.

Provisions include: mandating that absentee ballots for all elections be sent at least 45 days prior to an election; requiring electronic transmission of all voting materials upon request; and eliminating the requirement that ballots be notarized.