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Report: One-fourth of overseas votes go uncounted

WASHINGTON (AP) - Findings being released at a Senate hearing
today show one out of every four military and overseas ballots for
the 2008 election may have gone uncounted.
Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules and
Administration Committee, says the study "is enough to show that
the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an
overhaul."
Schumer's office says voter negligence is not thought to be a
major factor since a person living abroad must request the absentee
ballot and show a clear intention to vote.
The committee surveyed election offices in seven states with
high numbers of military personnel: California, Florida, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. More
than 441,000 absentee ballots were requested by eligible voters
from those states living abroad. About one-in-four were
disenfranchised.


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