Cornyn, Schumer announce bipartisan voting legislation for overseas military personnel

July 8, 2013

Texas Sen. John Cornyn and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that they have collaborated in creating a piece of legislation that will assist members of the military who are stationed overseas with voting.

The Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements Act or SENTRI Act takes two substantial actions that make certain that deployed service men and women and their families receive absentee ballots with at least 45 days before election day.

The first provision under the SENTRI Act says that states would be obligated to report how successful they were in sending out the ballots before the 45 days mark. Should the states neglect to do so, they will be required to express mail the absentee ballots to those awaiting them, and depending on how close to election day it is, express mail the ballots back.

The SENTRI Act will also repeal the now unnecessary provision of the Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009, which said states can be waived from the 45-day requirement.

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