Arkansas Soldiers in Iraq May Get Only Limited Ballot

OCTOBER 11, 2004 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Delays in getting Arkansas ballots ready may mean soldiers overseas won't get a full ballot when they cast their absentee ballots.

The ballots were delayed for a week while the state Supreme Court decided whether Ralph Nader could run for president in Arkansas.  That forced the military to devise a backup plan to ensure about 3,000 Arkansas National Guard troops serving in Iraq would get to vote in the November 2 general election.

But, federal forms contain less space than needed for a full Arkansas ballot.

Among the items that could be missing from soldiers' ballots are proposed constitutional amendments.

State director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Nick Bacon says there would be no excuse for troops not being able to vote.

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