Military voting on the rise

Monday - 10/17/2011, 7:49pm EDT

The voting rates in 2010 are 21 percent higher than they were in 2006, according to the Federal Voters Assistance Program Report, released Monday.

Some key findings from the report:

  • The 18-24 year old military voter participation rate increased 33 percent over 2006.
  • The age and gender adjusted military voter participation rate is just above that of the general population's - 46 percent compared to 45.5 percent.
  • 33 percent of military voters voted in person instead of by absentee ballot.
  • Military voter registration rates stayed at 77 percent from 2008 to 2010, while the national voter registration rate of 65 percent, dropped 8.5 percent from 2008.

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