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Out of 2 million military and overseas voters in 2010 only 4.6% of those votes counted

Let me repeat myself: out of 2 million military and overseas votes cast in the 2010 election, only 4.6% of those votes were counted. This is scandalous. If these kind of results were occurring stateside, we’d be talking voter suppression on a massive scale. In 2010, the voter participation rate was 41.6 percent. While one might assume many of these military votes might skew more conservative, if you do care about democracy and the right to vote, this issue needs to be addressed regardless (unlike GOPer, who bank on suppressing what they feel would be Dem votes, since they believe their policies cannot withstand actual scrutiny at the ballot box). (McClatchy):

The problem has always existed, given the high degree of mobility of our fighting forces,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

But the issue is a bigger concern during a presidential election year with a military force totaling more than 3 million, including active-duty and reserve forces.

In 2010, of the approximately 2 million military and overseas voters accounted for in data reported by the states to the Election Assistance Commission, only 4.6 percent of those voters were able to cast an absentee ballot that counted, according to the Military Voter Protection Project’s analysis of that data from the federal Election Assistance Commission, which tracks participation in voting. That compared with 5.5 percent in 2006, which was also a midterm election, the organization concluded.

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