Email ballots for military and overseas voters wildly popular

As I blogged a few weeks ago,  the 2009 and 2011 regular sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly made major changes in absentee voting for military and overseas voters, including allowing ballots to be sent and received by those voters by email and fax. Long delays in snail mail to military voters and those in other countries had made it hard for those voters to get their ballots back in time to be counted.  Now, with absentee voting having started Friday September 7, we already have some data, based on requests received through Tuesday September 11, and those voting groups are making heavy used of these methods. Over 86% of overseas voters and over 51% of military voters so far have requested that their ballots be sent back and forth as an email attachment.  This should greatly improve the voting success rate for the military and American citizens abroad.  Here are the stats as of 9/11:

Military

Email 1553 51.5%

Fax          10  0.3%

Snail   1448 49.2%

TOTAL 3011

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Overseas

Email 2111 86.3%

Fax.        5.    0.2%

Snail.    330  13.5%

TOTAL 2446

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