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Issa, Peterson Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Increase Accessibility of Voting Rights to Servicemembers

Press Release
May 26, 2017
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) released the following statements after introducing bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to make it easier for members of the United States Military to participate in the democratic process.
 
The Bringing All Servicemembers Equality in Voting Act (The BASE Voting Act, H.R. 2694) would allow active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces the freedom to vote at their current duty station in the community where they live and serve, instead of at their "home of record." 

The bill was introduced with the support 10 co-sponsors including Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Rep. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.).
 
Congressman Darrell Issa: “Members of the military have long been disenfranchised from voting in the community they live and serve by restrictions that fail to take into account the unique set of challenges presented by the transitory experience of a military member’s service. Men and women in uniform send their kids to school, coach little league, go to PTA meetings, use their local parks and roads, yet are often discouraged from being able to participate in the democratic process in those very same areas. This important piece of legislation will remove unnecessary barriers that limit participation in one of their most fundamental rights in our democracy, which they've already given so much to preserve and defend.”
 
Congressman Peterson: “American servicemembers commit their lives towards protecting our country and its freedoms. On many occasions, these brave men and women are required to relocate to other parts of the country as well as the world, which can restrict their right to vote. I am hopeful this bill will assist military members with the right to participate in the democracy they help protect.”
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