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26 January 2010

Secretary of State Candidate Launches Help Heroes Vote.com

Doug MacGinnitie, a Republican candidate for Secretary of State, issued the following press release today announcing Help Heroes Vote.com.

Today Doug MacGinnitie, candidate for Secretary of State in 2010, launched the website HelpHeroesVote.com as part of his platform to improve military and overseas voting in Georgia. The website will help raise awareness about the voting issues that plague our military and provide a means in which Georgians can communicate their ideas, experiences and questions with the campaign.

MacGinnitie began his focus to increase voting opportunities for military personnel last October when he created his Military Voting Advisory Committee (MVAC). MVAC a panel comprised of military and civilian experts have been working to develop a plan to alleviate the problem of inadequate ballot access for deployed soldiers. Along with MacGinnitie, their goal has been to meet with local elected officials and military personnel to find a solution to the growing problem. HelpHeroesVote.com is the latest effort from MVAC to bring awareness and shed light on the voting problem that deters America's heroes.

"I've launched this website because I believe it is critically important that we make it easy and efficient for our military personnel serving overseas to vote in our elections here in Georgia," said MacGinnitie. "I have joined forces with the best and the brightest to ensure that we can make a difference to military and deployment voting."

In 2008, research acquired by the Heritage Foundation suggested that 75-80% of military voters from across the United States were disenfranchised by their inability to request and return an absentee ballot within time limits as required by law. To make matters worse, for those military personnel who did cast an absentee ballot, many of those were rejected by local officials. Military absentee ballots are rejected at a much higher rate than other absentee ballots.

"Our heroes deserve a voice in Georgia elections, and it is the job of the Secretary of State to ensure that military personnel are able to cast a ballot," stated MacGinnitie. "The men and women who fight to defend our freedoms at home and abroad undeniably deserve the right to vote and be heard; I am honored to be a part of the team that is bringing this issue to the forefront."

For more information about Doug MacGinnitie and his plan to curb the problems associated with military and deployed voting, visit HelpHeroesVote.com or follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/HelpHeroesVote.