The Soldier Vote tells the story of how Americans in the armed forces gained the right to vote while away from home. The ability for deployed military personnel to cast a ballot was difficult and often vociferously resisted by politicians of both political parties. While progress has been made, significant challenges remain. Using newly obtained data about the military voter, The Soldier Vote challenges some widely held views about the nature of the military vote and how service personnel vote.
Donald S. Inbody is Senior Lecturer of Political science at Texas State University, USA. He served at sea in the United States Navy for 28 years, retiring as a Captain. He holds a PhD in Government from the University of Texas. His research interests center on military voting behavior, particularly that of enlisted personnel. He and his wife, Jeannine, live in Buda, Texas.