FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Secretary of State Husted Marks One Year Anniversary of Military Ready-To-Vote Program, Releases Report Outlining Successes
Program has had broad reach, helped many military voters become active participants in our democracy.
Columbus – During a briefing earlier today with state military and legislative liaisons, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted released the Military Ready-to-Vote (MRV) One Year Progress Report. Compiled by Secretary Husted’s office, the report provides an overview of the program, which has been used by military serving in 15 different countries and 35 states.
“With the launch of MRV, Ohio took an important step forward in making voting easier and more accessible for military personnel,” Secretary Husted said. “This program has helped to ensure that Ohioans serving in the military have remained active participants in our democracy regardless of where they are stationed.”
Designed to be a one-stop shop for military voting, the MRV program enables Ohio service members to more easily register to vote, request and track their ballots, and get important voting information for all elections in Ohio. Under state and federal law, military and overseas absentee ballots are mailed out 45 days prior to the election. Service members may also sign up for e-mail alerts and helpful elections reminders by visiting the MRV website at www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com.
Ohio’s efforts to improve and simplify the voting process for members of the military has received national recognition. Recently, Ohio earned the distinction of being one of only 15 states in the nation to be designated an “All Star State” by the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project. In a separate study conducted by Common Cause, Rutgers University Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation, Ohio was in the top six states for elections preparedness, earning high marks for its military balloting process.
Today’s event not only marked the one year anniversary of the MRV program, but also served as a way to acknowledge the support Secretary Husted has had from the military community to make MRV a success. Ohio’s strong military and support infrastructure has helped raise awareness about the program and worked to ensure service members are briefed about voting before they begin their missions. Thanks are due to the Ohio National Guard, many of Ohio’s military units, the Department of Veterans Services, Military Entrance Process Stations (MEPS), and a number of military and family support organizations across the state.
“Those in uniform put everything on the line to defend our freedom and we must do all we can to ensure they remain active participants while on the front lines and away from home,” Secretary Husted said. “I thank all those who have helped make this program a success and look forward to building on the solid foundation we have established.”
The complete report is available online here.
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