Chair McKelvey, Vice Chair Choy, members of the Committee on EBM,
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii strongly supports HB 1899 Relating to Military and Overseas Civilian Absentee Voters.
The amendments to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absebtee Voting Act were made
after much criticism of the present system with the different states having different rules, and soldiers serving overseas and overseas citizens applying for absentee ballots either not receiving them on time or not having them counted for various reasons. Of course, this is unacceptable to say the least.
The importance of voting and the value placed on voting by society and our government are manifested by the care government takes to provide access to the ballot and the removal of barriers to the successful execution of the whole process which ends with every vote being counted.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on HB 1899.