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Sen. Herron Leads Effort to Expand Voting Rights for Overseas Military

Press Release from Sen. Roy Herron’s office, Feb. 22, 2010:

Bill would allow soldiers to receive ballot via e-mail

NASHVILLE – Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden) cosponsored a bill that passed the Senate unanimously Monday to make voting easier for Tennessean military members serving overseas.

“Our military, who defend our right to vote, should have every opportunity to vote. This bill makes it easier for soldiers, sailors and airmen to vote,” Sen. Herron said.

The bill (SB2681) allows Tennessean members of the armed forces to receive ballots via e-mail. More than 14,000 Tennessean military members serving overseas would be eligible to receive a ballot electronically as a result of the legislation.

The bill reduces the chance of ballots being lost or delayed in the mail on the way to the servicemen. The soldiers’ votes would be cast with the same processes and security measures that currently apply.

If passed into law, the bill would take effect in time for the November elections. The House version of the bill is currently in committee.

Senator Roy Herron represents Benton, Decatur, Henry, Henderson, Lake, Obion, Perry, Stewart, and Weakley Counties. Contact him at sen.roy.herron@capitol.tn.gov or (615) 741-4576 or 309 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0024.

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