SJR 8: Relating to supporting polling places at military installations and reserve component facilities.

00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 01 Relating to supporting polling places at military installations and reserve component 02 facilities. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a directive that disrupted the 05 traditional authority of military base and post commanders to allow local election officials to 06 set up voting booths at military installations and reserve component facilities; and 07 WHEREAS this action makes it more difficult for thousands of military personnel 08 and their families to vote; and 09 WHEREAS recent election history has shown that every vote is important in deciding 10 an election; and 11 WHEREAS Alaska has a long tradition of voting at military installations and reserve 12 component facilities that could end as a result of the DoD directive; and 13 WHEREAS Alaska has twelve polling places that could be made unavailable for 14 future elections by the DoD directive, including polling places at military installations and 15 reserve component facilities in Kodiak, Ketchikan, Kenai, Kotzebue, Nome, Scammon Bay, 16 and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and on Ft. Richardson, Ft. Wainwright, Elmendorf Air

01 Force Base, and Eielson Air Force Base; and 02 WHEREAS the U.S. House of Representatives responded to the negative effects the 03 DoD directive would have on Americans in uniform and their families by passing H.R. 5174 04 on October 12, 2000, to ensure the voting rights of Americans who live on military bases and 05 posts; and 06 WHEREAS H.R. 5174 allows the Secretary of a military department to make any 07 building at a military installation or reserve component facility under the Secretary's 08 jurisdiction available for use as a polling place in any federal, state, or local election; and 09 WHEREAS once that site is made available for an election, H.R. 5174 provides it will 10 remain available for subsequent elections, unless the Secretary notifies the Congress in 11 advance of the reasons the building will no longer be used in that capacity; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 13 President of the United States and the United States Secretary of Defense to countermand any 14 directive that impedes the rights of American citizens to vote at election sites at military 15 installations and reserve component facilities. 16 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 17 of the United States; the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense; Lieutenant 18 General Norton A. Schwartz, Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Air Force; Admiral 19 Dennis C. Blair, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Navy; Major General 20 James J. Lovelace, Jr., Commanding General, U.S. Army Alaska; and to the Honorable Ted 21 Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, 22 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.