HCR 29: Opposing any prohibition against having election voting sites at military installations.

00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29 01 Opposing any prohibition against having election voting sites at military 02 installations. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the United States Department of Defense has issued a directive to prohibit 05 election voting sites at military installations; and 06 WHEREAS this directive would impede the voting process for citizens who live and 07 work at military installations; and 08 WHEREAS the cumulative factors of time, distance, and potentially hostile climatic 09 conditions in arctic and subarctic locations increase the risk of accidents; and 10 WHEREAS forcing residents at military installations to go off the installations to vote 11 will tend to lower voter turnout; and 12 WHEREAS elimination of election sites at military installations will exacerbate 13 crowding and waiting at election sites that are outside of military installations; and 14 WHEREAS base commanders may be able to exercise discretion to allow election

01 sites based on local circumstances; and 02 WHEREAS some election sites on military installations are in non-federal facilities, 03 such as schools and armories, that are operated by state or local governments; and 04 WHEREAS Alaska has a tradition since statehood of public voting on military 05 installations, and proposed changes will cause confusion and extra financial costs to the state; 06 and 07 WHEREAS the State of Alaska seeks to be a supportive host to our military facilities, 08 and this directive is counterproductive to mutual support between the state and the United 09 States Department of Defense; and 10 WHEREAS the imposition of impediments to the exercise of civil rights for the same 11 people who are sworn to uphold, defend, and sacrifice their lives for those rights is an 12 absurdity and an affront to all Americans; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Twenty-First Alaska State Legislature respectfully 14 requests the President of the United States and the United States Secretary of Defense to 15 countermand any directive that impedes the rights and practices of American citizens to vote 16 at election sites at military installations. 17 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 18 United States; the Honorable William S. Cohen, U.S. Secretary of Defense; Lieutenant General 19 Thomas R. Case, Commander, Alaskan Command, United States Air Force; Lieutenant 20 General E. P. Smith, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific; Major General Dean W. Cash, 21 Commanding General, United States Army Alaska; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 22 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 23 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.