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81 (b) Interest at the rate of 4 percent a year accrues on amounts deposited for six months or more. (c) Payments of deposits from the respective funds named in subsection (a), and interest thereon, may be made only to the member upon discharge, or at such time before his discharge as may be prescribed by the Secretary concerned, or to the member's heirs or legal representative. (d) An amount deposited under subsection (a), with the interest thereon, is exempt from liability for the enlisted member's debts, including any indebtedness to the United States or any instrumentality thereof, and is not subject to forfeiture by sentence of a courtmartial. CHAPTER 55.—VOTING BY MEMBERS OF ARMED FORCES Sec.

1071. 1072. 1073. 1074. 1075. 1076. 1077. 1078. 1079. 1080. 1081. 1082. 1083. 1084. 1085. 1086.

Purpose; construction. Definitions. Right to vote in war-time presidential and congressional elections. Enactment of legislation relating to voting in other elections. Post card requests for absentee ballots: printing and transmission. Use of post cards; waiver of registration; voting by discharged persons. Distribution of ballots, envelopes, and voting instructions. Instructions for marking ballots. Establishment of right to vote. Style and marking of envelope; inserts; return envelope; size and weight of ballots. Notification of elections. Extension of time limit. Transmission, delivery, and return of i)Ost cards, ballots, etc. Administration. Prevention of fraud, coercion, and undue influence; free discussion; acts done in good faith. Free postage.


Purpose; construction

(a) The purpose of this chapter is to provide ample opportunity for the persons covered by section 1074 of this title to vote for Federal, State, and local officials and to use the absentee balloting procedures of the several States to the greatest extent possible. I t shall be construed liberally to carry out this purpose. (b) Nothing in this chapter restricts the right of any member of the armed forces, or any other person, to vote according to the law of the State where he is domiciled. § 1072. Definitions I n this chapter: (1) "Secretary of state" includes any other State official who under the law of that State is the appropriate official to carry out functions recommended in this chapter to be performed by the secretary of state. (2) "Member of the merchant marine of the United States" means a person, other than a member of the armed forces— (A) who is an officer or member of the crew of (i) a vessel owned by the United States, (ii) a vessel documented under the laws of the United States, or (iii) a vessel of foreign registry under charter to, or under the control of, the United States; or