ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp came to Robins Air Force Base Tuesday to tell airmen how his office has made it easier for military personnel serving overseas to vote.
Kemp explained that previously military members who were deployed had to request an absentee ballot that would be mailed to them, and therein was the challenge. The ballot could be going to some remote military base or a ship on the seas. By the time the ballot got there, service members couldn’t always count on the fact that it would get back in time to be counted, and many would just skip voting.
“The problem is a lot of times many people might not be making the request early enough,” Kemp said while speaking to about 70 airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing. “You can see the logistics of trying to get a ballot over there.”
Now overseas military members, as well as civilians overseas, can access their ballot electronically. They still have to mail it back, but it cuts out the hurdle of mailing the ballot to them. Kemp said it cuts the time for the process in half.
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