Overseas residents, military personnel can vote by email

For some voters living hundreds or thousands of miles away, casting their ballots could be as easy as clicking “send.”

Voters who serve in the military or live overseas are allowed to cast ballots via email under federal legislation that allows residents to vote electronically.

Electronic voting by fax or email has been available to voters in Indiana since 2005 but was made mandatory nationwide in 2010 with the Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, said Dale Simmons, co-general counsel with the Indiana Election Division.

This year, county voting officials noticed an increase in the number of voters who want to email their ballots.

As of Friday, the Johnson County Voter Registration Office had sent 86 ballots by email to residents living overseas and received 40 back, deputy clerk Reagan Higdon said.

In the 2010 countywide election, the county office received 10 email votes, she said.

Higdon said email voting is an option for active members of the military and their family members, as well as U.S. citizens who are studying or living overseas.

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