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Texas Lawmakers Aim to Ease Military Voting

Monday, Mar 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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Texas Lawmakers Aim to Ease Military Voting

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Legislators have been working on making it easier for far-from-home Texas military personnel to vote.

Texas must comply with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act. The law known as MOVE requires states to provide ballots to military personnel at least 45 days before an election.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Monday that making it easier for military personnel to cast ballots is expected to require Texas to change March primary and runoff dates.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio and Rep. Van Taylor of Plano are working to develop a bipartisan plan.

Taylor, as a Marine captain in 2003, led a platoon during the Iraq war. He says the real issue "is the amount of time to request, receive and return a ballot by mail."

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