Deemed Election by Former Spouse:
The DD Form 2656 does not require a former spouse's signature. To prevent that former spouse from being at the mercy of a retiring servicemember who does not elect former spouse coverage,10 U.S.Code § 1450(3) authorizes the former spouse directly to elect former spouse coverage.The former spouse may do this deemed election within one year of the order requiring former spouse SBP coverage by completing a DD Form 2656-10, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) / Reserve Component (RC) SBP Request For Deemed Election.
I think election just means selection or choosing. But I cannot figure out what deemed means, although I know deem means judge, as in "this will be deemed unnecessary". I think deem in this context is a legal term, but I cannot penetrate its meaning. Wikipedia confirms it is a legal term:
Deem in law is used to treat something as if it were really something else or it has qualities it does not have.
But I still don't understand what deemed election is.