Virginia Helping Military Personnel Get Their Votes In

July 12, 2013

While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.

Eric Eversole, founder of the Heroes Vote Initiative, says when troops deploy, they are still citizens, but for one reason or another, they don’t or can’t take advantage of the right that other citizens exercise:

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