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Obama Tries to Keep the Military from Voting, They Might Not Vote for Him. by The Elephant's Child

In 2009, the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) was signed into law. Under that act the Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) is supposed to assist service members with voting on military installations.

A Defense Department Inspector General report released in August found that FVAP hadn’t set up those voter assistance offices, using “budget cuts” as an excuse. The law requires that states mail absentee ballots to their servicemen 45 days before an election so that there is sufficient time to count them.

I find this so disgusting and deplorable that I can hardly write about it. Those who serve in our military put their lives on the line for the rest of us, living often in conditions that we would find surprisingly uncomfortable, and they are entitled to have their votes counted and recorded — even if they don’t vote the way the administration wants them to. But vote fraud is a way of life in  Chicago politics.

Absentee ballot requests by the military have dropped significantly since 2008, and are on track to make 2012 a record low for the military vote. As of September 22, requests were down 46% in Florida, 70% in Virginia and 70% in Ohio. All battleground states. About two-thirds of members of the military need to vote absentee.

“These are [the] lowest numbers we’ve seen in the last decade,” Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the project told U.S. News& World Report. “There are a number of factors that go into this, but if the Pentagon was doing what it was supposed to be, this would be a non-issue.”

This is particularly offensive because President Obama has been so ready to use the troops as backgrounds for his photo ops, often keeping them waiting for hours so he can have his effective military background.  Making sure their vote is counted, unlike that of other voting groups, is not a top priority. A May 2012 Gallup poll showed Mitt Romney pulling 58% to Obama’s 34%, which could possibly have some influence.  A new Rasmussen poll has found that 59% of likely voters who have served in the military favor the Republican challenger.

The Justice Department can file suit to ensure compliance, but in 2010 was content to grant failing states waivers.  As a result, one-third of overseas troops who wanted to vote in 2010 couldn’t according to testimony in Congress. Another example of the law making little difference to the Obama administration.

The Romney campaign has sent letters to election officials in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Michigan and Vermont demanding that the deadline for receiving ballots from overseas voters be extended. At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45-day deadline.

In July the Obama campaign, the DNC, and the Ohio Democrat Party filed suit in that swing state to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military that gives them three extra days to cast their ballots. Democrats contended that exception discriminated against nonmilitary voters.

Obama jokes to the military about what a good photo-op they make for him. It’s not just about “photo-ops.” And depriving the military of their votes is not a joke, it’s a disgrace.


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[…] seems to be a concerted effort to keep military votes from being counted or even received, as I wrote last Friday. Military voters are more inclined to lean to the right, probably because Republicans are more […]


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