Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped significantly since 2008 — and by as much as 70 percent in Virginia and Ohio — leading a GOP senator to conclude that they are yet another example of how the U.S. Defense Department under President Barack Obama has failed the nation’s military.
The data released on Monday by the Military Voter Protection Project also prompted claims that the Defense Department is moving slowly in enacting a law meant to increase military voting, Fox News reports.
In the key battleground states of Ohio and Virginia, the drop in requests for absentee ballots was most obvious, Fox reports.
In 2008, Virginia had nearly 42,000 total requests, compared with slightly more than 12,000 this year, according to the MVP Project. Ohio had more than 32,000 in 2008, compared with 9,700 this year.
The number of military voters specifically, compared with military and overseas voters, was not broken down in the latest set of statistics, but military-only numbers released by the MVP Project in August documented a similar drop-off in applications, Fox reports.
In addition, military ballot requests in Virginia were down 92 percent. Several other states showed huge drops since 2008, including Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida.
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