Law would make it easier for deployed troops to vote

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 10:45pm

The state Senate unanimously adopted legislation Monday making it easier for troops who are deployed overseas to vote.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, authorizes county election commissions to email ballots to armed forces members, as well as citizens temporarily outside the United States, who are entitled to vote and who have applied for a ballot.

According to the Pew Center on the States, about half of overseas voters fail to vote or to have their votes counted because of current rules. More than 5,615 Tennessee military personnel are deployed in Iraq and elsewhere overseas.

“It is outrageous to even think that only half the men and women who serve us ‘in harm’s way’ have their votes counted,” Ketron said. “We need to do everything in our power to make it easier for our soldiers to vote and to have that vote counted.”