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Waiving the military's star-spangled rights--Congress must stop disenfranchisement of overseas pers
The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2010 | Editorial

Posted on 07/22/2010 6:12:57 PM PDT by jazusamo

About four brigades' worth of American military personnel lost the right to have their votes count in the 2008 elections.

It now appears that the Justice Department is willing to allow many of the same 17,000 Americans fighting for us overseas to be disenfranchised once again in November. Congress and the Defense Department need to step in to ensure this doesn't happen.

Military Voter Protection Project Director M. Eric Eversole accused his former employer, the Justice Department's Voting Section, of encouraging states to use waivers to get around a law Congress passed last year to address the problems with overseas voting. The statute requires that states mail absentee ballots to military personnel at least 45 days before an election, ensuring there is sufficient time for them to reach far-flung locales and be returned by Election Day. Waiving the law effectively denies a state's soldiers, sailors and airmen the ability to exercise the most basic right of citizenship.

Sen. John Cornyn brought up Mr. Eversole's charges in a meeting Wednesday with Defense Department officials responsible for ensuring military voting rights. The Texas Republican was one of the two lead sponsors of the legislation in question.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: doj; militaryvoting; votingrights

1 posted on 07/22/2010 6:13:00 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Every VFW in this nation must raise hell over this reprehensible theft of freedom. This is an outrage added to hundreds or thousands of outrages that have occurred since the Fuhrer took office.

2 posted on 07/22/2010 6:20:33 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: jazusamo

Eric Holder and Barack Obama will not lift a finger to fix this, it is exactly as they planned. The only votes that they are interested in counting are those of illegals, felons, and the dead.

3 posted on 07/22/2010 6:20:51 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316; ExTexasRedhead

Agree with you both.

The loose granting of this waiver is absolutely wrong but there will be no pressure to change it unless a lot of hell is raised.

4 posted on 07/22/2010 6:28:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ExTexasRedhead; centurion316

I agree.

5 posted on 07/22/2010 6:38:30 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: jazusamo

Why of course Rats pull grimy tricks like this.

6 posted on 07/22/2010 8:04:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: jazusamo
A verse from the Papa Possum poem Old Sun Tzu

You call us thugs, deny our vote,
    straw-dogs to kick and whack.
Did you ever take the time to think
    we'd start to hate you back?
When you need help what you might find
    would not shock Old Sun Tzu.
"No, Democrats,", we'll answer back,
    "we will not fight for you".

7 posted on 07/23/2010 4:32:17 AM PDT by ct_libertarian (Movie with a story or another Hollywood Marxist sermon? Find out at
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To: jazusamo

FReeper Vets in every state should take this on as a personal mission, and warn our deployed military members as well. Soros’ Secretary of State project plays a role in this, naturally. Remember Al Franken in Minnesota. They are planning to do it again.

8 posted on 07/23/2010 7:25:14 AM PDT by Pat4ever (2010-Flip the Congress! (AF Vet))
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