Despite new law, military absentee ballot requests down sharply

October 22, 2012

Few acts reveal a sense of duty to country for Americans more than voting – and, perhaps, serving in the armed forces.

But in this tightly contested presidential election year, absentee ballot requests from military members and their families are down sharply from 2008, raising concerns that despite a new law aimed at getting out the military vote, many of those serving will not be involved in choosing the next commander in chief.

The Military Voter Protection Project (MVP) released figures last month indicating steep declines in absentee ballot requests in five swing states, including a 90 percent dropoff in Virginia.

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