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Report: Wyoming Military Voters Got “No Time” to Vote

January 7, 2009

Casper, WY – Wyoming military voters overseas can follow all state rules on voting, and chances are their ballots still won't arrive in time to be counted. A new study, No Time to Vote, from the Pew Center on the States, finds, since Wyoming relies entirely on postal mail for election materials, overseas voters need about 20 more days to be sure their ballot can arrive by Election Day.

David Becker, Pew's Make Voting Work project director, says Wyoming is one of just three states that require everything be sent through the mail.

"Frankly, we're failing in our responsibility to ensure access to our service members serving overseas. Right now, while these voters are serving America, America's voting system is not serving them."

The report recommends Wyoming deliver blank ballots electronically to save time, and extend the deadline for receiving ballots from the overseas voters. Becker's group is designing uniform standards it will recommend to states, including sensible timelines for sending and receiving ballots, and for ensuring the security and privacy of each ballot.

This analysis is the first-ever look into state systems for overseas voters, and Becker points to the good news that about half of the states have policies to ensure overseas votes count. He adds, the issue has grabbed the attention of the right people in many states.

"There are a great number of local election officials that are doing a really great job and doing the best they can with the laws that they're stuck with."

State election officials have been cooperating to enact changes in policies and laws in time for the 2012 election.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY