Denying Our Soldiers The Vote – you can die though

September 24, 2010 08:11

The Department of Justice is failing to enforce a law that protects the voting rights of soldiers overseas. They’re allowed to fight and die for their country, but they can’t vote for its leaders?

IBD Editorial


‘The MOVE Act, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, says states must provide overseas ballots 45 days before a federal election.’

‘Five states — Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington — were granted waivers. Other states have indicated they were having difficulty complying, though it’s hard to fathom what prevents them from ensuring service members from their states can vote.’

‘”Full compliance by the states depends on the DOJ making it a priority. The disenfranchisement of military voters must come to an end. If it is allowed to continue, it will represent a shameful failure to honor the heroic service of those who defend America.”‘

‘In close elections, as many races promise to be in this turbulent year, military votes could make the difference. An estimated 17,000 military voters were disenfranchised by missed deadlines and administrative glitches in 2008. Such votes could have changed the results of the Minnesota race that made comedian Al Franken a U.S. senator. Maybe that’s the whole idea.’

‘In the 2000 Bush-Gore recount battle, Team Gore tried to disenfranchise soldiers, sailors and airmen willing to die for our right to vote because it was likely such votes would be more likely Republican.’

A sailor on an aircraft carrier or a GI sitting in a tank somewhere does not have the luxury of walking to the nearest mailbox or driving to the nearest post office. For some of these young men and women it is their first vote. For some, God forbid, it may be their last as well.

Shame on the Department Of Justice. Shame.’


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