Albany, N.Y. – (5/20/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee announced today that S2655A, legislation that would require New York State to count the absentee or military ballots of any active duty service member killed in the line of duty before the election, has passed the New York State Senate.
“Any active duty service member, who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom, should not be denied the sacred right of voting as a citizen of our great country,” said Senator Greg Ball. “A grateful nation should honor the memory of that service member, and count their vote. Anything less is a slap in the face to honor and justice.”
Currently, pursuant to New York State Law, if any voter casts an absentee or military ballot, and is killed before the date of the election for which it was cast, the ballot is deemed invalid and is not counted. This legislation will add a new section 234 of the military law, and a new section 8-413 of the election law, to provide that any member of the United States Armed Forces who casts an absentee or military ballot while on active duty, will have the ballot counted, in the event that such service member dies as a result of participating in combat operations before the date of the scheduled election.
For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.