Officials Say Plan Would Ensure Guard Vote

OCTOBER 1, 2004 - Posted 4:00 p.m. CDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials announced a plan today to ensure that possible ballot delays don't prevent Arkansas National Guard soldiers stationed in Iraq from voting in the November 2 general election.

The two-fold plan provides for expedited postal service delivery of local absentee ballots to soldiers through October 15.

Soldiers who did not get absentee ballots by then would have sent from Arkansas to their units for distribution lists containing a full slate of candidates for local, state and national offices.  Soldiers would fill in the candidate of their choice for each office on a federal voting form and return the form by mail.

Major General Don Morrow, adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, said the soldiers will not be disenfranchised.

Nearly 3,000 Arkansas Guard troops currently are serving in Iraq.

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