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Key Toss-Up Races Held in States Where Military Absentee Ballots Face Delays
Fox News ^ | August 26, 2010 | James Rosen/Staff

Posted on 08/26/2010 6:41:05 PM PDT by jazusamo

Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Michael Bennet of Colorado are just two incumbents locked in tight re-election races in states where local officials have warned they will likely not be able to ship out general election ballots to overseas military voters by the Sept. 18 deadline.

Both Democrats' race are listed as "toss-ups" by RealClearPolitics.com, and military ballots could make the difference.

But Wisconsin and Colorado are among 10 states where local officials say they may not be able to comply with Move Act provisions that call for ballots to be mailed out at least 45 days before the 2010 midterm election.

Fox News has identified four states -- Wisconsin, Colorado, Maryland and Washington -- where races may hinge on those absentee ballots and on whether their delivery works as intended on behalf of the fighting men and women abroad.

"Russ Feingold's election in 1998 was decided by fewer than 40,000 votes. This time around, our polls are showing him leading by one (percentage) point or maybe down by one point," said Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics.com. "So there is a chance that the 15,000 or so overseas military ballots could be what decides that election, if it ends up within 1,000 votes, which is entirely possible."

And in one Maryland congressional district, Frank Kratovil, a Democratic freshman, also faces a tight race for re-election.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: military; moveact; votingrights

1 posted on 08/26/2010 6:41:08 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Are these the 10? If so, get out there, folks, and get in the loop to count the votes. The Left steals this one for all the marbles.

Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin

(as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands)


2 posted on 08/26/2010 6:50:21 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: jazusamo
What do you expect? They can't do everything necessary, leading up to the general elections; somethings go to give.

Printing, marking & hiding “insurance” ballots to be “found” in case of a close count takes precedence over sending out blank real ballots to likely opposition (military) voters.

3 posted on 08/26/2010 6:52:16 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: SandRat; ExTexasRedhead; JulieRNR21

The Democrats pay lip service to American soldiers, but actions speak louder than words.


4 posted on 08/26/2010 7:01:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: combat_boots
From a previous article these were listed.

Twelve states have applied for waivers from protecting military voters in the 2010 election: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.

5 posted on 08/26/2010 7:02:01 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: jazusamo
" .. where local officials say they may not be able to comply .. "

Who are these "local officials" and why wouldn't they be able to comply ?

6 posted on 08/26/2010 7:03:15 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Amen to that, the RATS need time for their shenanigans.


7 posted on 08/26/2010 7:04:22 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: knarf

The Secretary of States are the ones responsible and they’re the ones that file for waivers with the voting rights division of the DOJ.

The final decision on those waivers is made by the DOD at the Pentagon.


8 posted on 08/26/2010 7:07:46 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: KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active duty/Retiree ping.


9 posted on 08/26/2010 7:10:01 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: jazusamo

I hope we win by enough to overcome the Democrat fraud.


10 posted on 08/26/2010 7:13:56 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: jazusamo

Some of this probably is leftists election officials who aren’t in any hurry to get ballots to military they think won’t vote democrat. But I wouldn’t be surprised if some of it wasn’t also due to too many lazy SOBs abusing the system by requesting absentee ballots simply so they don’t have to get off their butts and go to the polls on election day. This increases the work load of the election officials and makes it more difficult for them to get the ballots to folks who really need them.


11 posted on 08/26/2010 7:30:00 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t this the sort of situation where a writ of mandamus should be employed?


12 posted on 08/26/2010 7:32:42 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: GATOR NAVY

I believe both your points are valid. The sickening thing is these states filing for waivers know they’re depriving some of our military the right to vote and even admit it yet they seem to be unwilling to rectify it.


13 posted on 08/26/2010 7:38:53 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: jazusamo

“not be able to” = don’t want to

Doesn’t bother them in the least to deny the military their voting rights. Also doesn’t bother dems to deny not yet born Americans the right to live. Dems are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.


14 posted on 08/26/2010 7:41:24 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Politicians and diapers should be changed regularly, and for the same reason.)
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To: jazusamo

Colorado, Maryland and Wisconsin all have Dems in the SOS office.....in Wisconsin, it’s Bob La Follette, supposedly of a family with fame for “electoral reform.”


15 posted on 08/26/2010 7:43:13 PM PDT by cookcounty ("I can see November from my house!" ---Sarah Palin)
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To: GATOR NAVY
“lazy SOBs abusing the system by requesting absentee ballots simply so they don’t have to get off their butts and go to the polls on election day.”

That comment offends me greatly.

At least in my state. I have the right to get a mail in ballot. For good cause, for bad cause , or for no cause at all. In my case, I am crippled and there is no way I can stand up for more than 2-3 minutes at a time. My wife is healthy but she gets a absentee ballot just because it makes no sense not to.

Now if the state is unable to accommodate this practice, perhaps they can create a job and put someone to work.

16 posted on 08/26/2010 8:03:58 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Reid: Why, oh why, are they picking on me?)
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To: TheConservativeParty

time to overthrow the b*st*rds in power!


17 posted on 08/26/2010 8:05:58 PM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: All
Election Law Center posted by Christian Adams.

Do blank paper ballots or fax machines exempt states from MOVE Act?

The MOVE Act waivers are due out on Monday next week.  Election Law Center has extensively covered  the MOVE Act applications.

The Department of Defense must approve or reject the waivers with the advice of the Department of Justice.  Two issues lurk through the waiver debates:  1) can states comply by just mailing a blank ballot 45 days in advance to military voters and consider that a ballot?  What good is it for a solider to get a blank sheet of paper without the names.  Are they supposed to find out who the candidates are once they are certified?  But that is exactly what the states of New Hampshire, and perhaps Maryland, are arguing.  The Department of Justice in McCain v. Cunningham has already taken the position that sending a blank ballot (aka FWAB ) would not constitute a real ballot.  At least the Bush DOJ took that position.  2) Will the DOD and DOJ give too much weight to efforts at mitigation through computers and fax machines?  Some inside the government (and this will be covered by writers in the future) have explicitly adopted an 80 percent policy.  That is, they are willing to see 20 percent of military voters lose their right to vote as long as those 80 percent are aided by computers to get ballots.  This helps the tail, but not the teeth. 

The people who may be disenfranchised next Monday by the DOD and DOJ are the front line soldiers like the Navy Seals, 10th Mountain, Marines and others who hear the sounds of bullets whistling by their ears but don't see a computer screen for weeks.  They eat MREs, they don't surf the web.  The sleep under the stars, they don't have fax machines.  But some in Washington may be about to adopt a policy that disenfranchises these heroes while they will approve waivers because someone at Aviano can sip a Taurasi and prints a ballot from email.  Leave it to Washington to come up with an 80 percent solution for our bravest servicemembers.

If Washington thinks an FWAB is enough to ignore the MOVE Act then they will have made a joke of the law.

18 posted on 08/26/2010 8:12:26 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: ldish

I can see November from my back 40.

: )


19 posted on 08/26/2010 8:15:12 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Politicians and diapers should be changed regularly, and for the same reason.)
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To: jazusamo; Clintonfatigued

Every state should be doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the votes of all serving in the Military are counted.


20 posted on 08/26/2010 8:32:25 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: JulieRNR21

Amen to that!!


21 posted on 08/26/2010 8:43:09 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: JulieRNR21

It’s horrendous to even think that people serving in the military for this country might not be able to vote! A travesty!


22 posted on 08/26/2010 9:42:41 PM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: chooseascreennamepat; GATOR NAVY

It is several miles, most of it dirt & gravel roads, to get to our poling station. At least 2 miles of those roads are not publicly maintained. It is far from unheard of for several inces of fresh, unplowed snow to be sitting on said roads around that time of year.

The alternative is to, while in town shopping & picking up mail, walk into the county courthouse any time up to 2 weeks prior to election day, and cast an early ballot. Voting boothes and ballot box right there; no need to wait nor to mail.

Beats the living heck out of getting blizzarded out of voting.

Of course, mail in absentee ballots are also available, and we used those when we still had homes in two states, and had a special interest in maintianing legal residency and voting in one, while temporarily staying in the other around election season.

These provisions exist for a reason, and not just to make it easy for ‘Rats to cheat. Not everyone can get a conveniently timed free ride to the polls, walk in, vote immediately, and walk back out, though I have managed it a FEW times over the years, but it was rare.


23 posted on 08/26/2010 10:00:36 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: A Satanically Transmitted Dease spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus)
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To: chooseascreennamepat
That comment offends me greatly.

At least in my state. I have the right to get a mail in ballot. For good cause, for bad cause , or for no cause at all. In my case, I am crippled and there is no way I can stand up for more than 2-3 minutes at a time.

If you're not a lazy SOB then there's no need to be offended, is there?

My state is the same with absentee ballots. I think most states are the same now. But it wasn't always that way. You used to have to sign that an affidavit that said it would be impossible for you go to your polling place to get an absentee ballot. Now it's just for convenience. I have no problem with a legitimate medical condition being a reason you can't get to the polls.

For 24 years while I was active duty I voted absentee because I had to. Now I don't have to. Going to my local precinct is something I really enjoy and I think it adds an element to voting that mailing in a ballot just doesn't have.

24 posted on 08/26/2010 11:50:25 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: GATOR NAVY

“If you’re not a lazy SOB then there’s no need to be offended, is there?”

Your post implies that everyone using an absentee ballot is a lazy SOB.


25 posted on 08/27/2010 8:36:40 AM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Reid: Why, oh why, are they picking on me?)
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To: jazusamo
the Sept. 18 deadline

I dunno about the others, but Delaware and Maryland don't have their primaries until Sept 14. The primary results won't even be certified by the 9/18 deadline, let alone have time to print and mail the ballots out.

26 posted on 08/27/2010 8:39:54 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: kevkrom

Thanks...I believe it was states like them that the waiver was originally made available but it’s my understanding most states filing for the waiver have the time.


27 posted on 08/27/2010 8:47:37 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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