NC: Model State for Military Voting

Grier Martin was recently featured in a Public News Service broadcast on military voting in North Carolina.  The broadcast highlighted recent legislation that has made it easier for deployed servicemembers to cast a ballot.  Rep. Martin’s HB614, awaiting signature by the Governor, will build upon the significant improvements made in S.L. 2009-537, based on language from another of Rep. Martin’s bills.

Servicemembers now can get absentee ballots sooner and have more time to return them.  In addition, many other barriers to casting a ballot have been removed.  Rep. Martin was joined in introducing this legislation to by Rep. Rick Glazier, Rep. Marian McLawhorn, and Rep. Ray Rapp.

To read more and hear the broadcast, visit the Public News Service website.

A Greensboro News & Record editorial “Defending Democracy” had previously applauded the legislation, noting “Americans serving overseas deserve every opportunity to vote. If not for the defenders of democracy, no one’s rights would be secure for long.” Read the full editorial here.

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