We found this wonderful historical story about soldiers’ votes tipping the 1864 election to Lincoln when Democrats were ready to give in to the Confederacy. The win resulted in freedom for America’s slaves and the preservation of the Union after Lincoln’s Secretary of War devised the first plan for military absentee voting. At ACRU, we are as passionate about the sanctity of military vote as was Sec. Stanton. You CAN help … we hope you will visit our Protect Military Votes website to find out how.
The political voice of military spouses must be protected. ACRU VP of Policy Kerri Toloczko notes that their ballots must never be lost in the mail or lost to fraud at local polling stations.
A group of House Members has introduced the Counting All Military Votes Act to ensure all military overseas ballots are expedited to ensure timely receipt by the military voter and delivery to home voting locations. The bill currently has 25 original co-sponsors, including many retired military members. So far, no House Democrats have signed on. You may view the list of cosponsors here, and if your Member of Congress is not on it, you should pick up your phone and encourage them to pick up their pen.
ACRU's Protect Military Votes Project is currently featured in American Military News. ACRU is a champion for our military and their families, and we work to ensure ballots are received by service members overseas and counted correctly when they arrive at local election locations. We hope you will read and share this informative article.