With little more than a month to go before the election, activity has picked up among military community voters overseas.
In the first three weeks of September, when free express military mail service became available for overseas service members and their families, 5,556 absentee ballots were sent to the U.S. with the military-only mailing service — a 65 percent increase over the same period in 2010, when the free express mail service was first authorized for the election season, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Eric Eversole, executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project, said he is not surprised. “You would expect to see a sizeable increase in the number of absentee ballots being returned in a presidential year election as compared to a mid-term election,” he said.
But Eversole is concerned that he is still seeing an “incredibly low number” of absentee ballot requests from across the U.S., according to some states he is tracking. For example, he said, Virginia has sent out 12,292 absentee ballots, compared to 41,762 sent in the 2008 cycle.