October 28, 2009

Senator BrownI- Submitted MI Resolution to electronically transmit troop ballot & return it by mail

Quote from below: ...troops serving overseas must print off the
electronically transmitted ballot and return it by mail to the clerk...

Cameron Brown sent a message to the members of Senator Cameron S. Brown for
Michigan Secretary of State 2010.

Subject: Defending the rights of those who defend us

Dear Friends,

Please take a look at the press announcement below that details legislation
I introduced this week on behalf of Michigan's men and women in uniform. I
hope you'll join me in supporting this effort.

Your Friend,


Sen. Brown introduces bill to make voting easier for troops

LANSING - Sen. Cameron S. Brown introduced legislation this week that will
make it easier for members of the military stationed overseas to vote in
Michigan elections.

"Troops from Michigan are defending our rights – including our right to
vote – all around the world," said Brown, R-Fawn River Township. "We have an
obligation to ensure their right to vote is protected here at home."

In past elections, overseas mailing delays have resulted in ballots from
many troops not being received in time to be counted. Earlier this year,
the Pew Center on the States gave Michigan a failing grade for not yet
identifying a way to send and receive ballots in a more timely matter.

"This is a time issue," Brown said. "The solution is to help expedite the
transmission of information to overseas troops without compromising the
integrity of the ballot."

According to the Macomb County clerk's office, nearly 30 percent of absentee
ballots mailed overseas were not returned before Election Day. Meanwhile,
only three percent of absentee ballots mailed by the clerk's office to
voters within the U.S. were not returned in time.

Brown's legislation would allow county, city, township and village clerks to
electronically transmit voter registration applications, absentee ballot
applications and absentee ballots to overseas troops. To vote, troops
serving overseas must print off the electronically transmitted ballot and
return it by mail to the clerk.

"This is a simple, common sense step we can take to make sure our troops can
participate in the democracy they safeguard every day," said Brown.

Senate Bill 948 has been referred to the Senate Campaign and Election
Oversight Committee for consideration.

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