Report: 120,000 Active Duty Soldiers Never Received The Absentee Ballots They Requested For The 2010 Election

A Federal Voting Assistance report reveals that “an astonishing 120,000 active duty military personnel never received their requested absentee ballots in the 2010 election.” This failure left 29 percent of active duty military voters without a vote, up from 16 percent in 2008. Soldiers that year were more likely to vote, as the percentage of those voting increased from 24 percent in 2006 to 29 percent in 2010. With the passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act two years ago, ballots are supposed to be available 45 days prior to election day. The Federal Voting Assistance Program is aimed to help service members and their families as well as citizens living outside the U.S to vote.