Washington today was one of 15 states praised today by the Military Voter Protection Project for – you guessed it – looking after the voting rights of service members at home and abroad.
Washington stood out in part for passing a law last year that moved up the state’s primary elections from September to August to provide service members more time to receive and return their ballots.
The Military Voter Protection Project looked at states’ outreach efforts, their use of electronic and web-based services, their willingness to adopt communications programs to connect with service members and lawmakers’ proposals to ensure that votes count from people in uniform.
Other states recognized includes ones with major military installations, such as North Carolina, Alaska and Colorado. The group noted that Washington has 65,000 service members based here and another 670,000 veterans.
“These states are led by a tremendous group of state and local election officials who have made military voters a priority in elections. They have provided the gold standard of leadership in the fight to promote and protect the voting rights of our heroes,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project. “We still have a long way to go, but these states are providing the example for other states to follow.”