Alabama House, Senate Can't Agree on Military Voting

Published: Mar. 31, 2006 at 3:51 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 31, 2006 at 1:12 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY , Ala. (AP) _ The Alabama Senate and House can't agree on how to make sure military serving overseas get to vote in the primary runoff election this summer.

The Senate voted today for a bill that would delay primary runoff by three weeks from June 27th to July 18th.

The extra three weeks would make sure the military have time to get and return absentee ballots for the runoff.

Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that would keep the runoff on June 27th, but it would allow soldiers overseas to use special ballots.

The ballots would be delivered with the primary ballots , and they would allow soldiers to mark their runoff preferences in races with three or more candidates.

Now, either the Senate must agree with the House-passed bill, or the House must agree with the Senate-passed bill.

A legislative agreement is necessary because the Justice Department is suing the state.

The departmen's suit says there is not enough time between the primary election on June sixth and runoff on June 27th for military personnel overseas to get and cast absentee ballots.