The United States military accounts for nearly 2 million eligible voters, many of whom vote by absentee ballot from a duty station outside of their home state. A new survey published by the Military Times has offered some insight into the direction those ballots might go.
They started by polling individual branches of service (Note: polls were taken prior to the suspension of Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign):
The overall trend is clear: military Democrats prefer Vermont Senator Sanders, while military Republicans overwhelmingly favor businessman Trump. This suggests that the military is unmoved by claims from their opponents that Sanders and Trump are weak on foreign policy.
Military “Get Out the Vote” initiatives encourage soldiers to request absentee ballots and fill them out, even when they are deployed overseas:
Despite the number of military members who request absentee ballots and fill them out, 2010 and 2012 estimates suggest that only a small percentage were received in time to be counted.