State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D−Astoria) is calling on the federal government to stop asking overseas voters to give their race on application forms for absentee ballots.
Gianaris, chairman of the Assembly Elections Subcommittee, said he discovered that the government was asking voters abroad to indicate their race on the applications during his review of the Nov. 4 election. He said most of the voters to use absentee ballots in the borough were in the military.
The assemblyman said he wrote a letter last week to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in which he called on the federal government to discontinue the practice, especially in light of President−elect Barack Obama’s historic win.
Stop questioning race on ballots: Gianaris