Vermont accused of underreporting overseas ballots

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The state of Vermont is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly failing to report the amount of absentee ballots sent to Vermonters overseas for the 2006 general election.

The U.S. Department of Justice complaint accuses Secretary of State Deb Markowitz of not reporting ballots sent to Vermonters serving in the military and overseas. The suit also alleges that the state will likely fail to comply with the provision for the upcoming election.

The federal government wants the state to implement procedures to record data about the number of ballots requested and cast and report it within 90 days after the general election.

The lawsuit requests that Judge William Sessions make a decision before the November 4 general election.

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