WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who has been a long-time Senate advocate of military voting reform, successfully incorporated several of his initiatives into legislation passed today out of the Senate Rules Committee. Sen. Cornyn strengthened the MOVE Act by adding two major pieces of legislation – one based on his Military Voting Protection (MVP) Act and another based on his Military Voters’ Equal Access to Registration (MVEAR) Act – to ensure that overseas troops are provided expedited delivery of their completed ballots and also given, along with their families, on-base voter assistance when they need it. His efforts and leadership on the issue of military voting were also recognized by several of his Senate colleagues who are on the committee, including Rules Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer, Ranking Member Robert Bennett and Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
“Sadly, our troops and their family members face tremendous roadblocks when it comes to voting in U.S. elections, as formally documented in report after report. I am working with my Senate colleagues to tear down these barriers and ensure that every military service member and family member is able to participate in the democratic process and have his or her vote counted.
“It’s highly encouraging the committee has adopted the MOVE Act, which includes comprehensive military voting reforms, many of which I’ve been pushing in the U.S. Senate. We are now one step closer to enacting these important reforms into law and helping our troops get the assistance and resources they need to vote in U.S. elections,” Sen. Cornyn said.