When they count the votes in November, they want it to go off without a hitch. That includes properly counting absentee ballots from America’s fighting forces. A new study from the Pew Center for the States goes state-by-state and says Illinois is doing a pretty good job of assuring that votes from overseas service members are counted.
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Of four major factors, Illinois fulfills three – a 45-day advance time, electronic transmittal, and no need for notarization. The fourth is expanded federal write-in ballots for local races. The fact that this is a presidential election year provides a perfect opportunity. “The things that work well, we can pat ourselves on the back and congratulate ourselves on,” says retired Rear Adm. James Carey, a senior advisor to Pew Center. “The things that do not work well, we need to keep track of, and then we need to go back to the U. S. Congress in 2013 and ask them to tweak and fix the federal law, and we need to go back to the states where there were problems, and ask the state legislatures to fix the areas that were problems there.”