U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined with colleagues Tuesday to introduce the Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements Act.

The bill is designed to expand access to voting for military voters and improve voting assistance opportunities.

“It is unacceptable that our service members and their families are facing hurdles when attempting to exercise one of the most fundamental rights they fight and sacrifice to protect — the right to vote,” he said in an emailed statement.

The release stated the act will improve voter registration and voting opportunities for service members through use of online systems and by requiring voter assistance as a routine part of service members’ annual training; ensures requests for absentee ballots are valid for one full federal election cycle; strengthens protection of voting rights of military and overseas voters; and requires reporting on implementation and effectiveness of new voter assistance obligations.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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