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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S3073 on May 22, 2008

Signature Legislation: ensuring delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas
Source: S.3073
A bill to improve procedures for the collection and delivery of absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters. Congress makes the following findings:
  1. In the defense of freedom, members of the United States Armed Forces are routinely deployed to overseas locations.
  2. We live in what senior Army leaders have referred to as an 'era of persistent conflict'.
  3. The right to vote is one of the most basic and fundamental rights enjoyed by Americans, and one which the members of the Armed Forces bravely defend.
  4. The ability of the members of the Armed Forces to vote while serving overseas has been hampered by numerous factors, including inadequate processes for ensuring their timely receipt of absentee ballots, delivery methods that are typically slow and antiquated, and a myriad of absentee voting procedures that are often confusing.
  5. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, which requires the States to allow absentee voting for members of the Armed Forces and other specified groups of United States citizens, was intended to protect the voting rights of members of the Armed Forces.
  6. 992,034 absentee ballots were requested in the 2006 general election. However, less than one-third of such ballots were ultimately received by local election officials, evidencing an unacceptable failure of the current absentee ballot system.
  7. Modern technology continues to rapidly advance, greatly expanding the range of potential solutions to these problems and increasing the ability to remove obstacles encountered by overseas members of the Armed Forces in the past in trying to cast their votes; [specifically]:
  • Collection- establish procedures for collecting absentee ballots
  • Ensuring Delivery Prior to Closing of Polls- ensure that any absentee ballot which is collected prior to the applicable deadline is delivered prior to the time established by the State for the closing of the polls on the date of the election.

  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas
  • Headline 2: Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas

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Democrats participating in 08-S3073

Republicans participating in 08-S3073

Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
Wayne Allard s2oCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Kit Bond s2oMO Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Jim Bunning s2oKY Republican Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Saxby Chambliss s2oGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tom Coburn s2oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Thad Cochran s2oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
Bob Corker s2oTN Republican Jr Senator 
John Cornyn s1iTX Republican Sr Senator 
Larry Craig s2oID Former Republican Senator (until 2008) 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
Jim DeMint s2oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pete Domenici s2oNM Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
John Ensign s2oNV Republican Jr Senator 
Michael Enzi s2oWY Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s2oIA Republican Sr Senator 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s2oTX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s2oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jon Kyl s2oAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Pat Roberts s2oKS Republican Sr Senator 
Jeff Sessions s2oAL Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s2oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s2oNew Hampshire Republican 
John Thune s2oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Roger Wicker s2oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 

Independents participating in 08-S3073

Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Mel Martinez s2oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 29
Independents: 2

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