American troops and their families stationed abroad are guaranteed access to the polls this November under mandates included in the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act…
But in September, an investigation by the Pentagon’s Inspector General found that numerous attempts to reach out to voter assistance offices on military bases overseas went unheeded.
Further, the IG’s office found that a number of overseas military installations had no offices on base at all.
“The price of DoD’s failure to follow the law will likely be paid this November by military service members and their families, whose voting rights were to have been safeguarded by this provision,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta regarding IG’s findings.