Troops wanting to vote face several obstacles

October 22, 2011

By Sean Wardwell and Colleen Flaherty
Killeen Daily Herald

Former 1st Sgt. Kenneth Dwanye Patrick was a busy man three years ago.

He returned in January from his third deployment to Iraq with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and focused on reintegrating his soldiers while personally navigating the channels of retirement and trying to secure civilian employment.

As the months passed in 2008, newly retired Patrick’s life slowed down enough for him to become engaged in politics. Never previously politically inclined, he wanted to cast his ballot in the presidential election that November. But he was turned away at the polls. Election officials said he wasn’t a registered voter.

“The military has given us tools,” Patrick said. “It’s up to the individual soldier to utilize those resources.”



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