Voting Rights For Military And Overseas Voters

Resolution 14-07.03 


WHEREAS, the right of citizens to vote by secret ballot is the fundamental basis of our democracy, and that right is guaranteed to all citizens, including to members of the military and to overseas voters, and

WHEREAS, runoff elections in special elections to fill vacancies and in other situations are often held eight or nine weeks after the first election, making it difficult for military and overseas voters to receive and return their runoff ballots in sufficient time to have them counted, unless they agree to waive their right to cast a secret ballot and return their runoff ballot via fax or email, and

WHEREAS, other states and jurisdictions, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina, have long sent a special runoff ballot with the first ballot to military and overseas voters that allows those voters to indicate and return their runoff choices (by ranking them in order of preference) with their first ballot, allowing them to fully participate in both the first and runoff election without sacrificing their right to cast a secret ballot,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports allowing military and overseas voters to return a special runoff ballot with their first ballot in all elections where a runoff election may be held within ninety days of the first election, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Governor, the Secretary of State, and members of the California Democratic legislative delegation.


Sponsored by the CDP Veterans Caucus



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014



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