Paul Chaiken testifies before the Joint Standing Maine Legislative Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

As part of his duties as one of Maine’s Commissioners to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Paul Chaiken testified before the Joint Standing Maine Legislative Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

He was before the Committee to urge adoption of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. That Act, a product of the Uniform Law Commission, would extend the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986 and the Federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act of 2009 to state elections.

The Act simplifies and expands, in common sense fashion, the class of covered voters and covered elections. It is principally meant to serve those in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, U.S. National Guard, and State Militias, as well as Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Committee is expected to recommend enactment by the 125th Legislature.

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