Committee on House Administration Holds Hearing on Military and Overseas Voting
November 20, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today, the Committee on House Administration held a hearing on Military and Overseas Voting. It was the Committee’s first hearing in this Congress to address any of the problems encountered in the 2012 elections. Committee Democrats were pleased to address the particular problems encountered by the men and women of our Armed Forces, but believe that the Committee should hold similar hearings to address the full range of problems in our electoral system.
“Members of the military sacrifice a lot to protect our rights. In return, we must do our part to protect their most fundamental right to vote,” said Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA). “I only wish we’d had this hearing sooner. It would be devastating to see preventable problems disenfranchise our service men and women."
“Members of our military are not the only Americans facing barriers to the ballot box,” Brady continued. “The Committee must broaden its effort to ensure all eligible Americans; whether they’re soldiers, students, minorities, elderly, or disabled; have fair and unrestricted access to the polls.”
“The men and women of the armed forces who honorably serve our country throughout the world must be ensured of their fundamental right to vote while in the line of duty,” said Representative Juan Vargas (D-CA). “As they continue to fight for our freedoms abroad, we must remain committed to upholding and expanding critical safeguards that provide equal access to the ballot box for all eligible Americans.”