“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” – George Washington
Would you agree that 350,000 troops deployed to at least 130 nations across the globe, including those brave men and women fighting in Afghanistan, have earned a say in electing their Commander-in-Chief? Unfortunately, more often than not, our troops’ voices are silenced in elections. That’s why the non-partisan “Heroes Vote Initiative” has declared September 15 as National Military Voter Readiness Day to raise awareness among military members and their spouses about the importance of voting and help make sure they are “election ready.”
Military voter participation is disproportionately lower than the rest of the population. During the last presidential election, only 30% of military voters exercised their right to vote compared to 62% of the general public. This is because military voters are often unable to obtain an absentee ballot when they are deployed or re-register after moving from one duty station to the next. The Heroes Vote Initiative is determined to fix this and make sure every service member and spouse who wants to vote has the chance to have their ballot counted.
Several states have voter registration deadlines as soon as October 6—just a few short weeks from now.
The chief objectives of Military Voter Readiness Day are to: raise awareness of looming state deadlines for military members to register to vote and request an absentee ballot; and to encourage active duty military voters and their spouses to complete a Federal Post Card Application, which allows them to register and request an absentee ballot in one easy step. That application can be completed online in a few minutes at www.HeroesVote.org.
For more information about National Military Voter Readiness Day, please visit http://www.heroesvote.org/national-military-voter-readiness-day-set-for-september-15/
“They have as much right to demand that their votes shall be counted in the choice of their rulers as those citizens who remain at home. Nay, more, for they have sacrificed more for their country.” ~General U.S. Grant