Skip to comments.Will military ballot access impact key Congressional races?
Posted on 08/27/2010 5:45:32 PM PDT by La Lydia
Control of the House, and possibly the Senate, could come down to tough races in states like Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, and Florida. In close races, absentee and military ballots can play a large role in determining the winners. However, some states may not get the ballots to military voters and their families in time to be counted despite the passage of legislation that require states to have a 45-day window on ballot delivery, as Fox News reported early today:
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 generalelection 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....
ts also unclear how the states will remediate the situation. They can extend the time to accept the military ballots, and some have already done that, as Fox reports further. Wisconsin and Colorado still will have less time than 45 days for military voters to return ballots even with the extension already planned. One expert contacted by Fox suggested that the situation may not be a big problem, as states could deliver ballots by e-mail to the soldiers for printing and completing by hand.
How big of an impact might this have? Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics reminds us of how close things got in previous elections:
Russ Feingolds 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.
At this point, the Move Act seems a little toothless. None of the reports indicates what kind of penalties states face for noncompliance. The military voters are the only ones penalized, it seems, by a failure of states to prepare better for their elections and their men and women serving in the armed forces.
Democrats: "Military? Military? What do we need a military for anymore? Thanks to New Lord Obama, the World now loves us."
The DNC will do everything in its power over or under the table to suppress the Military vote. Its not only the DNC way but its also the Chicago way. Now it also looks as if the RNC is going into the Alaska race to enforce its will. Trust none of them....then verify to paraphrase a great President.
And this is being enabled by the DOJ!
In Washington State’s case, the AG can’t certify the primary until all the ballots are counted and military ballots can’t be printed in time. They are asking for a 30 window and military voters have a 15 day grace period to get them back.
Active Duty/Retiree Ping.