Settlement reached on overseas and military ballots

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii will expedite general election absentee ballots to be sent to about 200 overseas and military voters. The announcement came Friday as the state said it had reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice regarding the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Last month, the Defense Department denied a request by Hawaii to ignore the new law that is meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas. It was held Hawaii's Sept. 18 primary election wouldn't give the state enough time to print general election ballots and mail them at least 45 days before the general election.

The settlement calls for the ballots to be sent and returned by either Express Mail or FedEx.

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