Defense Department spokesman George Little said he takes “strong issue” with the Military Voter Protection Project report showing a major decline in requests for absentee ballots among service members. “The data in that report, we believe, is quite old,” Little told reporters at the Pentagon today. “It’s important to remember that the number of deployed members in the war-zones has declined significantly.”
Little was pressed about the fact that a DOD inspector general report corroborated some of the MVPP findings. “I’m not going to take issue with some of the findings of the IG report,” Little replied.”We’ve been very clear with what some of those issues were and we’ve addressed those problems,” he said, promising that they’re “going after ssome of the problems addressed in the IG report.” “The Department has assisted more than 500,000 service members in the first six months of this year alone,” Little added, though he acknowledged that the figure reflects “a range of services we’ve provided,” not just absentee ballot requests.