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The North Dakota Secretary of States Office today debuted its new electronic absentee ballot system. The system allows a soldier serving overseas or stationed on a base somewhere in the US to apply for an absentee ballot online. The voter will then receive an electronic ballot that he or she can submit to the county auditor through a secure system or the voter can chose to mail it back. In last year's election 300 soldiers sent in Absentee ballots. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says this process is much faster than the traditional system--allowing a soldier to apply for a ballot and vote with in the same day. North Dakota National Guard members deployed to Kosovo have been testing the new system on its effectiveness.

"Our men and women put their lives on the line for our rights as Americans so it's fitting that we do everything we can to help them exercise those rights even when they are deployed overseas I have been testing this out for the last month along with other soldiers and have found it to be really efficient and easy to use," said Adjutant General David Sprynczynatyk, of the North Dakota National Guard.

North Dakota is leading the nation in voter accessibility for soldiers. It is only the second state to sign the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.

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