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Board To Allow Military Voting By Fax

Posted November 2, 2001 7:01 a.m. EST

— The state Board of Elections agreed Friday to begin putting together rules to allow military and overseas voters to fax in absentee ballots.

The rules are expected to be in place by the 2002 elections.

A 1999 law adopted by the Legislature allows electronic and faxed voting for the military and overseas voters.

The Department of Defense has encouraged states to allow such voting because of the potential for delay with mailed absentee applications and ballots.

According to a report given to the board Friday, 56.6 percent of all absentee ballots mailed to military personnel from local election offices in North Carolina were returned during the 2000 general election.

Eighty-seven percent of civilian requests were returned.

The report also shows that North Carolina is one of 12 states that do not permit even ballot requests to be made by fax. Thirteen states allow voting by fax.