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Pa. Extends Absentee-Voter Deadline

By #NAME? | | October 29, 2004

Military and civilian Pennsylvania residents living overseas today received an eight-day extension on the deadline to get their absentee ballots counted.

The extension came about when a federal judge today settled a lawsuit between the governor of Pennsylvania and the parents of two servicemembers, according to news reports. So the state's absentee-voter deadline moved from Nov. 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10.

State voting requirements, such as deadlines, are determined state by state, said Linda Brooks, with the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The federal program comes under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act.

Military personnel and their families can get information on voting laws from designated voting assistance officers in military units and on bases. Voting assistance officers provide education about voting procedures and absentee balloting to ensure servicemembers everywhere can exercise their right to vote.