HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii may have to ensure members of the military have more time to get their votes counted this election season following a ruling by the Department of Defense. The department on Friday denied requests by Hawaii, three other states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands to ignore a federal law meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas.
Hawaii election officials have said the state may agree to count troops' ballots after the November 2 general election, which would delay final election results.
A federal law signed in 2009 requires general election ballots to be sent at least 45 days before an election, but Hawaii's last-in-the-nation September18 primary election doesn't leave the state enough time to do so.
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