The military has been voting absentee since the War of 1812, and the practice was broadened during the Civil War. Military votes have always been included in official tallies, whether in local, state, or presidential elections.
For his part, retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said they are not asking for any special privileges.
Casey noted that the military is just saying that they think it is vital for every ballot to be counted, especially those of the service men and women who serve the country.
“They do so much for us, and they deserve to know their voices are heard,” Casey said in the report.
Under the state’s law, the remaining 8,410 issued military and overseas ballots can still be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day and arrive before business close Friday. Thus, Sterling said it would be more than 0 and less than 8,410 votes to be counted.
A Military Times poll done in August found that the military’s support for Trump had plummeted massively. That is from 46 percent in 2016 to just under 38 percent this year.