KCUR News
7:51 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Secretaries of State Tout Military Voting Changes

Kansas City, MO – Voting will soon become easier for military service members stationed in other countries. That's the gist of a report the Secretaries of State of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska gave at Liberty Memorial yesterday.

The four election officials summarized progress on implementation of overseas voting changes passed by Congress in October.

Service members on duty in other countries will be able to register and receive ballots by e-mail, and in federal elections requiring paper ballots will be able to return them by priority mail and will receive a receipt that their vote was received.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said it's about "doing the right thing," adding,"If you are in a combat zone, there are lots of other things you're worrying about, and having to spend a lot of time and effort figuring out how to vote ought not be one of your worries. You ought to make that easy, nd that's what this is all about."

Carnahan says the improved military voting will be in effect by the November general election... possibly for the primary if the legislature makes the enabling changes in state laws promptly.