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A moment in time

When did The American Legion begin campaigning for U.S. voter turnout?

Almost as soon as it was founded. The Second National Convention was held in Cleveland on Sept. 27-29, 1920 – prior to the first major election held since the Legion’s formation in May 1919. There, the new organization urged members to become qualified to vote, and then to do so. And resolution after resolution passed in the subsequent decades – including Resolution No. 4, passed at the 2007 Fall National Executive Committee Meetings – has reaffirmed the Legion’s commitment to getting Americans to exercise their democratic right and civic duty.

Resolution No. 136, passed at the 1952 National Convention, established the "Get Out the Vote" voter education and participation program, as well as aiming at nonmembers, Legionnaires are still encouraged to participate in the process by voting, volunteering and assisting others. The campaign continues today; learn more about it, and download the program guide at

The Legion is also committed to making sure that U.S. servicemembers serving overseas have every opportunity to exercise their own right via absentee voting. Resolution No. 141 passed in August at the national convention in Indianapolis, restated the Legion’s support for reform of the military voting system.

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October 4, 2012 - 7:53pm

I am hearing reports from the media that our service personnel serving overseas are having problems getting registered and the Pentagon is not doing anything about it. What is the American Legion doing about this?
Rob Willingham
American Legion Post 452


October 5, 2012 - 12:31am

It is unconstitutional to actively deny voting rights to our service people out of the United States.
The report DODIG-2021-123 regarding the MOVE program is distressing to say the least. THis comes from the Inspector General and the research shows a pattern of delay and denying our troops their rights by delay, excuses and political manipulation.
It is criminal to allow this to happen in this election as it did in 2008.
It seems to me that your organization should actively protest this and demand that every service person receive their ballot in a timely manner before this election so their votes are counted with the rest of the citizens of this country.
Why there hasn't been protest before this is puzzling. The VFW, to my knowledge also hasn't done anything to put this before the general public much less its' membership and their families.
This has to become public now,,exposed so WE THE PEOPLE can speak out before it is too late to correct this travesty before it happens.
What are you going to do about this? Respectfully Mumsness


October 12, 2012 - 1:06pm

From American Legion National Commander James Koutz: “We want to make sure the Department of Defense is doing all that it can to help members of our Armed Forces vote in this year’s election. There is no reason why our troops – serving far from home and in harm’s way – should be denied their right to vote because of failures in the military bureaucracy.” Here is a link with more details, as well as a link to a resolution passed during our national convention in August regarding military absentee voting.

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