Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Silencing the citizen soldier--Justice foot-dragging disenfranchises the military
Posted on 08/12/2010 6:31:24 PM PDT by jazusamo
Military voting rights still aren't protected. That's the message from former Justice Department official M. Eric Eversole, who argues in a column at the front of this section that his former employer is undermining the new law requiring states to mail ballots to military voters at least 45 days before the November elections. If anything, the situation might be even worse than Mr. Eversole suggests.
The Obama administration refuses to release the waiver requests filed by a dozen states and territories claiming an inability to meet the legal deadline. Mr. Eversole and 17 members of Congress led by Rep. Robert E. Latta, Ohio Republican, sought this information through formal requests.
One of the states requesting a waiver, Colorado, held its primary three days ago - a whopping 84 days ahead of the November election. It defies belief that the Centennial State would claim that it doesn't have enough time to mail ballots to military voters by the law's deadline of Sept. 18. Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, a Democrat, insists that he is unable to comply, and his spokesman Rich Coolidge admitted that some military votes won't get counted as a result...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
It’s part of the larger royalist coup disenfranchising the average American voter.
If this is the case, then the military should be empowered to give “power of attorney to vote in my absence” papers to an NOK of choice. Only Overseas active duty soldiers and legal age family members should all have this right.
If I was in the military, and I was from CO, and I didn’t get a ballot, I would walk off the job, let the military arrest me, and I’d make the biggest stink and alert every media outlet in this country, have family, friends and interested people rain this story down on Rush, Hannity and every other talk show host that could be reached until the entire country knew about this. Every civil rights attorney, every civil rights organization would be bombarded. And all the other states trying to get waivers would be shamed as well.
That’s an excellent suggestion, xzins. It would simplify what’s going on now and assure any member of our military his or her vote would be counted.
Where are the latrine commandoes who post here and are against LTC Lakin?
Where’s the effing JAG Corps? Why in the heck don’t they bring suit on behalf of the soldiers they supposedly represent?
Maybe check the golf courses?
The bastards responsible for DENYING our great military their votes:
(want their e-mails? Visit: Contact them via nass.org)
Hon. Douglas La Follette (D)
PO Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707-7848
Hon. A. Ralph Mollis (D)
82 Smith St, State House Rm 217
Providence, RI 02903
Hon. John McDonough (D)
Annapolis, MD 21401
Hon. Stephanie Scott (D)
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 419
Washington, DC 20004
Hon. William Gardner (D)
State House, Room 204
Concord, NH 03301
Hon. James “Duke” Aiona (R)
State Capitol, Room 415
Honolulu, HI 96813
Hon. Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez (D)
1 Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Suite 1100
Albany, NY 12231
Hon. Jeffrey Bullock (D)
401 Federal St., Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
Hon. Gregory Francis (D)
18 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00801
Hon. Craig E. Campbell (R)
PO Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811-0015
Hon. William Galvin (D)
State House, Room 337
Boston, MA 02133
Hon. Sam Reed (R)
PO Box 40220 Olympia, WA 98504-0220
Hon. A. Ralph Mollis (D)
82 Smith St, State House Rm 217 Providence, RI 02903
Hon. Bernie Buescher (D)
1700 Broadway, Suite 250 Denver, CO 80290
Oh....and I printed labels that I am attaching to EVERY piece of mail that leaves my house:
“Military Vote being DENIED by these States
Hawaii, New York, Delaware, Virgin Islands, Alaska,
Washington, DC, Maryland, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Colorado.
Every vote counts, right? These Secretaries of State DENY our MILITARY votes.
Contact them via nass.org”
After all....shouldn’t everyone who handles the mail be privy to this info?
...corruption. Clerks’ offices have also refused to properly register known veterans. Complaints about the matter have been answered with jeers from Republicans, Democrats, and even some Freepers on this board.
So don’t buy anything that you don’t really need. Become more self-sufficient. As a hobby for now, learn to manufacture something that people need. Be nonpolitical.