DOD to make voting easier for service members

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2009 1:55 PM

The Department of Defense says it's making improvements to make it easier for service members and their families to register to vote when they move to a new base.

Under a policy change, service members are to be offered voter registration materials and assistance whenever they are deployed or transferred between bases. Military bases around the globe will be like one-stop shops for voter registration similar to driver's license bureaus.

The changes were announced Friday by Sens. Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn, the top members from their respective parties on the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over voting issues. They released a letter from a defense official informing them of the changes, which they suggested.