Elections

Kristin Backlund, whose husband is an Air Force ROTC instructor, holds her Alaska absentee ballot. She says obtaining and completing it was a complicated process.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A new study suggests military spouses vote much less than servicemembers, and they may not be getting the help they need to cast their votes.

Congressional candidates MJ Hegar (right) and Gina Ortiz Jones speak at the LBJ Presidential Library in June. Both are military veterans seeking their first political office.
Jay Godwin / LBJ Library

Veterans now make up less than 20 percent of Congress, compared with about 75 percent in the 1960s. Some high-profile candidates are trying to reverse that trend.

Navy Lt. Jessica Vaeth assists fellow sailors on the Navy assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard register for absentee ballots for the 2016 election.
Jeanette Mullinax / U.S. Navy

In 2000, the Florida ballots of overseas service members were a key point of controversy in the contested Bush vs. Gore election.  Now, 16 years later, little has changed for most overseas troops, who still vote absentee mostly through international mail.