Demand that Troops Receive Absentee Ballots in Time to Vote

Target: The Voting Section of the Department of Justice

Goal: Ensure active-duty and reserve forces are given the chance to vote by absentee ballot.

In the 2008 presidential election, thousands of military families were denied the right to vote because absentee ballots did not reach them in time. In an effort to prevent this injustice from happening again, Congress enacted the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act in 2009. Despite efforts, nearly 5% of registered absentee voters did not receive ballots in 2010. Please sign this petition and urge the Voting Section of the Department of Justice to demand that states act in accordance with the MOVE Act.

According to the Heroes Vote Initiative, only 20% of military voters were able to request and return ballots in time for the 2008 election. In response to the time barrier preventing troops from casting their vote, the MOVE Act was passed in 2009. The MOVE Act requires state and county officials to mail absentee ballots at least 45 days prior to Election Day. As a result of the MOVE Act, during the 2010 election, less than 5% of military votes were not calculated. While the considerable drop is celebrated, there are a number of state and county authorities that do not comply with the 45 day law.

Within our current military force, there are more than 3 million active-duty and reserve forces serving overseas. It is important that they are able to participate in one of the very freedoms they are defending. Please sign this petition and help to ensure each and every service person is given the chance to cast their vote and have their voice heard.


Dear Voting Section of the Department of Justice,

Less than 5% of the 2.5 million military voters were able to cast their vote in the 2010 midterm elections. While the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009 has certainly done a lot to collect votes from military families, it is important that we strive towards a 100% retention rate for military votes cast. Please demand that county and state officials comply with the MOVE Act provisions and make sure to mail absentee ballots at least 45 days ahead of an Election Day.

During such an important political year, it is imperative for the people that defend our right to vote, to be granted that same right. As federal law, the MOVE Act is enforceable and should have been implemented in 2010. Now facing another presidential election in 2012, I am asking you to urge local officials to apply MOVE stipulations and ensure that our military service members are ensured a vote.


[Your Name Here]

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