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Fort Hood Warns About Texas Absentee Voting Protocol

If protocol not followed, votes may not count

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    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are on stage together at the end of the last debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Election officials in the county where Fort Hood is headquartered say they're worried the Army is giving soldiers incomplete instructions for voting by mail.

    In an Oct. 15 email, Col. Jason Evans, the Army's adjutant general, urged soldiers to vote by completing and mailing in a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. Those ballots are available online.

    However, Bell County Clerk Shelley Coston tells the Temple Daily Telegram that those instructions skip a step required by Texas law. That requires requesting a ballot in writing by mail.

    Coston says that if soldiers cast ballots that can't be matched with a request, they won't be counted.

    Requests by mail for ballots must be received by Oct. 30. Requests received after that date, regardless of postmarked date, won't be accepted.