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Conclusion: So What and Who Cares?

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Abstract

Americans want their soldiers to vote. At least that is what the public says in recent surveys and what politicians say publically. But this has not always been the case. Throughout much of American history, soldiers and sailors, while important, were not considered part of the state electorate. Reminiscent of the warnings against the maintenance of a large standing army, military personnel were seen as dangerous to democracy and inimical to liberty. Most states took steps to ensure that the troops in any federal army were specifically barred from voting and from impacting local politics as a result. Soldiers, especially those soldiers in the federal army, were not considered state citizens and therefore not eligible to vote in state elections.

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Military Personnel Active Duty Local Election Federal Election Commission Internet Vote 
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