From the Army Times.
A group of key lawmakers want assurances from the Defense and Justice departments that the rights of military and overseas citizens who vote absentee will be protected in the Nov. 6 elections.
“We are concerned that, absent prompt and effective remedial action, some men and women in uniform will be deprived of the 45-day window to vote guaranteed” by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, stated an Oct. 11 letter signed by Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, R-Calif., chairman of the House Administration Committee; and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials have filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont alleging election officials violated the law by not sending out absentee ballots soon enough for military and overseas voters — the latest in a string of complaints filed this year against states for that reason.
The lawmakers’ letter cited reports that jurisdictions in Vermont, Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin had failed to mail absentee ballots to service members by the Sept. 22, 2012, deadline established by the MOVE Act. That date, 45 days before the Nov. 6 elections, is designed to give military members and their family members who vote by absentee ballot — either within the U.S. or overseas — as well as U.S. citizens living overseas a reasonable time window to receive and return their ballots.
To fix the problem, the congressmen stated, these jurisdictions should extend the deadline for accepting military and overseas ballots by the same number of days as the ballots were mailed late.
The Secretary of State for each state has a responsibility to make sure those ballots are mailed in a timely manner.
The military is getting shafted, but dead people, fabricated registered names, and illegals are part of the Dem voting bloc every election cycle. The access to, and the counting of military absentee ballots, has been manipulated by Dems who know that the majority of the military leans Republican.
Al Gore tried to null and void absentee military ballots in 2000, and one in four overseas military ballots were not counted in the 2008 election.
Obama doesn’t like the military anyway, and has more concern over “gay rights” for those in uniform than voting rights.
Adding to the mix, is Judge Peter Economus, a retired judge brought in to hear overload cases in the Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Division, who suppressed the military vote by ruling against expanded privileges for military voters in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
Somewhere, Huey Long is smiling.
- No Liberty = No Republic: Some States Not Sending Absentee Ballots to Military (sgtreport.com)
- Military absentee ballots go AWOL in 2012: 92% drop (riehlworldview.com)