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-- fight to protect our freedom but a new report says many of the servicemen and women of this country may not be able to exercise their basic right to vote.
Senior correspondent Eric -- is live from New York City on this -- good morning Eric.
What is in -- report good morning Martha says fewer members of the military could be voting in this year's presidential election according to the estimate.
The number of absentee ballots that have been requested by members the military dramatically down -- the report from the military voter protection project.
And on the crucial swing state of Ohio they say only.
Percent of eligible military voters have requested ballots as of the week and a half ago North Carolina just one point 7% Virginia one point four.
Florida -- fifteen point 7%.
The group's director tells us that military voting could be depressed by as much as a third and they -- -- for a greater effort to get the vote out.
What could happen is that we once again could face election.
As we have in past years where men are men and women in uniform.
Aren't able to have their voices heard on Election Day and it's really it's too bad -- Our service members have so much on the line they're not only overseas fighting.
For our rights but in some ways are fighting for their own rights to.
Our members of the military register with their home states to vote.
But in 2009 congress passed the military and overseas voter empowerment act to help with voting process -- So what is the Department of Defense say -- -- this Eric -- ahead of the Pentagon's voting programs as registrations running about the same.
As it was in 2004 you know the last time an incumbent president was running.
And she says military voting assistance has never been better she -- the way to get the information out to such social media.
And the Pentagon's voting assistance offices.
At the end of the day what we're trying to do is to make sure that they have everything they need.
Again to exercise their right to promote.
It is a personal responsibility.
To actually execute that.
A bylaw -- -- -- mail by the local elections boards at least 45 days before the election which of course is really quickly approaching me.
Indeed it is Eric thank you very much stark sign U.
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