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Senate Proceeding on Jul 22nd, 2009 :: 4:05:40 to 4:09:24
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John Ensign

4:05:23 to 4:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from nevada. mr. ensign: madam president, i k that the call of the quo be tis spenced wit the presiding officer: without objection. mr. ensign: i ask unanimous consent at 1:45 todayhe senate stand in recess for 10 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. ensi: madam president, i

John Ensign

4:05:40 to 4:09:24( Edit History Discussion )
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John Ensign

4:05:44 to 4:06:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: rise today to talk about a bipartisan amendment on military voting. a bill that i've because counting every vote in our elections is a foundation o our democracy. and i want to thank senator schumer, bennett, chambliss and

John Ensign

4:06:05 to 4:06:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: corcornyn on this matter. this is that our service men and women face in exercising their constitutional right to take part in elections. a right for which they so bravely f military personnel have encountered many problems in recent elections.

John Ensign

4:06:26 to 4:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: they have trouble receiving timely information about elections in their home state. they have trouble registering and obtaining their absentee ballots. they have trouble preparing their ballots. and most of all, they he have trouble -- they have trouble returning the ballot to the local election officials in

John Ensign

4:06:47 to 4:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: for that it has been a national embarrassment to read news stories of military ballots that have been delayed despite the best effort of those those votes were not even counted. those military voters were dis enfranchised from the same democracy that they are charged

John Ensign

4:07:08 to 4:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: with protecting because of administrative red tape. according to the trust study one-third -- one-third of the provide military voters stationed vote. e-third of the states do not provide enough time for our military personnel to get their

John Ensign

4:07:33 to 4:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: votes in in time to vote. in additionall states and the district of columbia need to improve military absentee voting to ensure that our men and women stationed around the globe can participate in the democratic poets. and will -- process. while it concluded that my home state of nevada gave voters

John Ensign

4:07:54 to 4:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: enough time to vote, there are steps that could be taken to make the p providing half of the country with insufficient time is unacceptable. this study went on to say that by almost every measure military an overseas voting pticipation is much lower than population.

John Ensign

4:08:15 to 4:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: in 2006 voter turnout was only approximately 20% for military voters as opposed to approximately 40% for the general statistics illustrate that those who are fighting to protect our democracy are not being afforded the opportunity to participate in it. in both the department of

John Ensign

4:08:36 to 4:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: defense and state and local election officials have not done enough to address these problems. military and oversea empowerment act of 2009 would address some of these problems to help military personnelsave their votes count. the bill establishes new requirements for the states and for the department of defense to

John Ensign

4:08:57 to 4:09:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: make it overseas voters to participate in elections. the key requirement is for states for these voters who are overseas to receive their ballots, vote, and return them in time to be counted. other provisions in the bill

John Ensign

4:09:18 to 4:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: include having states provide online and fax systems to deliver registration and

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