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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Military voting bill passes first House committee

The military voting bill, HB 30, unanimously passed the Constitution and Elections Committee of the Alabama House of Representatives.

The legislation would give members of the military four additional ways other than the US Postal Service to obtain their ballot. These methods include: commercial carriers such as FedEx and UPS, a secure fax line, email and secure electronic transmission. The bill will also authorize those overseas voters to return their ballots using any of those methods except electronic transmission.

Members voting in favor of the legislation include: Representatives Jimmy Martin (D-Clanton), Tommy Sherer (D-Jasper), Jay Love (R-Montgomery), Randy Davis (R-Daphne), Chad Fincher (R-Semmes), James Gordon (D-Saraland), Barry Mask (R-Wetumpka) and Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham).

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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