Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – U.S. military personnel and their families are not getting the kind of assistance with voter registration and absentee ballots that federal law envisioned, says a report from the Defense Department’s inspector general.
Under the 2009 MOVE Act, the U.S. military was directed to establish voting assistance offices on every military installation, except for those in war zones. But the Aug. 31 IG report says, “Our attempts to to contact IVAOs (Installation Voting Assistance Offices) failed about 50 percent of the time.”
DOD investigators, posing as military personnel, tried to contact every one of the voting assistance offices using contact information provided by the military’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
To begin with, the list of 224 voting assistance offices itself was incomplete, omitting a number of installations. Then investigators said they were able to make contact with only 114 of the voter assistance offices; they were unable to make contact with another 113.