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Utah was among 15 states saluted Tuesday for its efforts helping military members vote.

It was recognized as an "all-star" state by the Military Voter Protection Project for, among other things, ensuring that absentee military ballots are sent out at least 45 days before an election, reaching out to military units and bases to provide voting assistance and using Web-based services to send election materials.

"There is no right or responsibility more important than voting," Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said in a news release. "No matter where in the world a service member is, he or she can be assured that Utah will help protect that right. Utah has ensured our heroes can say, 'I voted.' "

Other states honored were Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

­Lee Davidson

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