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Denying Our Soldiers The Vote
IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2010 | INvestors Business Daily staff

Posted on 09/23/2010 4:47:16 PM PDT by Kaslin

Election '10: 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?

Last Saturday was the deadline under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) for states to have sent unmarked absentee ballots to soldiers overseas so they can exercise the same right to vote as those they risk their lives to protect, including Afghans and Iraqis.

The MOVE Act, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, says states must provide overseas ballots 45 days before a federal election. Waivers can be granted under certain circumstances, but only if states can prove the votes of service members can still be cast and counted.

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.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who co-authored the law, says that despite repeated inquiries, DOJ has provided no substantive information on the level of compliance or how Justice intends to enforce the MOVE Act.

"This law represents the most meaningful reform in this area in decades, but it is not going to enforce itself," Cornyn wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

"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."

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1 posted on 09/23/2010 4:47:18 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Old Sarge; SandRat; cripplecreek; neverdem; ExTexasRedhead; JulieRNR21

Isn’t it touching how devoted to the troops the ‘Rat Party is?/s


2 posted on 09/23/2010 4:49:34 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: Clintonfatigued

Snarrrrrrrrrrrrrllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 09/23/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Kaslin

I was wondering what the status was on this. This is the absentee ballots case correct?


4 posted on 09/23/2010 4:53:14 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Kaslin

Done with full knowledge of the political overmasters.


5 posted on 09/23/2010 4:53:19 PM PDT by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: Kaslin

Only scumbags would work towards making the Military vote an impossibility.


6 posted on 09/23/2010 4:54:24 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Kaslin

Dems who deny our military their vote are the most disreputable dishonest and evil creatures on the face of this planet. And make no mistake, the ones who do deny them are all liberal abd dem, not one conservative in the bunch.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 4:54:26 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Kaslin

Only the dead and illegals can vote bookmark.


8 posted on 09/23/2010 4:58:15 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

According to the article, yes


9 posted on 09/23/2010 5:01:47 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Meanwhile the libs are pushing for illegal aliens, convicted felons and non-citizens to vote.

Have a nice day.


10 posted on 09/23/2010 5:06:01 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Tzimisce

Of course they do because the rats know they will vote for them


11 posted on 09/23/2010 5:10:09 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Make sure our troops can vote bookmark.


12 posted on 09/23/2010 5:17:21 PM PDT by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t we have this problem every election cycle?


13 posted on 09/23/2010 5:18:30 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: Kaslin

The Gopers should start a public Congressional investigation on why those that risk their lives fro our freedoms are being denied the right to vote.

Would be HUGE!


14 posted on 09/23/2010 5:20:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Communities fight the construction projects: Walmarts, Starbucks and even tree removal.)
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To: Kaslin; 2ndDivisionVet; unkus; flat; dk/coro; BossLady; ladyvet; Sub-Driver; NormsRevenge; ...

Our military has friends and family that can certainly vote to remove the political hacks from office who are not stopping this outrage. This must be investigated and stopped.

Call your Senators and Congressman and tell them that they either get involved in stopping this national disgrace or We The People will replace them too.


15 posted on 09/23/2010 5:52:26 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: dljordan

Absolutely reprehensible.


16 posted on 09/23/2010 6:03:24 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; 70th Division; ...

Ping


17 posted on 09/23/2010 6:30:51 PM PDT by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: Kaslin
Every election cycle this crap is used by the democrats to deprive the military their legal rights to vote and have it counted properly!!
Additionally we must note that with a new but highly corrupt Attorney General Eric 'Black Panthers' Holder is again breaking the law by allowing felons to vote while barring the simple and basic rule that folks who just arbitrarily show up at any old polling station MUST show a valid ID (Drivers license).

EVERY election cycle this same old corrupt democrat stunt is used and they have some flunky old partisan judge rule in their favor to say that same old lie "blacks & minorities may be dis-enfranchised by requiring to show a drivers' license"

This stinking corrupt practice MUST STOP!!

18 posted on 09/23/2010 11:58:28 PM PDT by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: Kaslin
"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."

Gee, since when did the democrat party apparatus really care about the military? Just look at their voting records for folks like that dead log of a politician John F'n Kerry and you see a long & consistent record to disarm, cut and render impotent everything concerning our brave troops and their support systems at home, while giving full leverage and benefits to America's enemies around the world.

19 posted on 09/24/2010 12:02:14 AM PDT by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: prophetic; ExTexasRedhead
The Dems have really hated military voters, but their hatred turned murderous after the 2000 election, when absentee military votes clearly put GW over the edge.

In fact, it was Joe Lieberman, Gore's running mate, who went on the Sunday shows and answered the panel's question to him about counting military votes.

Lieberman broke with Gore and the Democrats in a shocker, and answered in the affirmative.

Gore's lawyers, goons, and handlers were watching the show, and went ballistic. But, their charade had been broken: they could not "find" more magic votes in Palm Beach and Broward County FL - and toss military votes in the trash because the Democrats didn't approve of the way the ballot envelopes were sealed.

I was overseas during that election, and before the 2000 campaign, helped run our annual voting registration drive.. All we did was hand out registration application for each states absentee ballot - that's it. We were actually investigated after that election by a team from the GAO and DoD - whose only recommendation was that we didn't try and reach even more service men and women and dependents who were physically apart from our location.

The Democrats hate military voters - because they vote primarily Republican. However, during the 2008 election, almost every black and Hispanic enlisted person I have ever talked to (and also a great many women of all race) told me they vehemently supported Obama.

20 posted on 09/24/2010 3:54:38 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Tzimisce

Not to mention all the dead voters


21 posted on 09/24/2010 4:03:40 AM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: SkyPilot
almost every black and Hispanic enlisted person I have ever talked to (and also a great many women of all race) told me they vehemently supported Obama.

I hope they're happy with what they got!!!

22 posted on 09/24/2010 4:17:44 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU
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To: SkyPilot; unkus; flat; sheik yerbouty; libertyhoundusnr; Sub-Driver; rodguy911; navyguy; ...

All military families and all veterans must ensure that they vote and that they get their friends to vote against these political hacks. The turnout must be huge to defeat the enemies of our military and the enemies of We The People. Our military personnel are fighting to protect and defend this nation while we have political hacks (enemies within) stealing our freedom and destroying our Constitution. Tell everyone; make it a topic of conversation everywhere you go. Wannabee dictators and political hacks in DC are disenfranchising our military to garner more power for themselves at the expense of our country and our freedom. Yes, IMO, they are that sinister.


23 posted on 09/24/2010 5:07:51 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

It is a well known fact that the far left hates the military and that means dems.

Dems would like nothing better than to abolish the military completely.

Therefore dems are also for denying the right of the US to protect itself from harm by its enemies or by foreign invasion.

Dems in other words are traitors to this country.


24 posted on 09/24/2010 5:37:24 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Ev Reeman

In my opinion, we have enemies within our government just as we have foreign enemies. Both are out to destroy this country and want to deny us freedom.

Foreign dictators and RAT/RINO wannabe dictators.


25 posted on 09/24/2010 6:22:20 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: Kaslin
The persons to blame are the our current crop of Flag Officers, Generals and Admirals for whom Victory is not an option.

They have it within their power to fix this problem.. To order the JAG to bring suit on behalf of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines effected to force the issue.

That they are so politicized they do not. So worried about that next promotion that they abandon the men is a tragic thing.

They are the ones who who can fix it. That they do not means.

They are the ones who betray the troops in this.

W

26 posted on 09/24/2010 6:26:02 AM PDT by WLR (Remember 911 Remember 91 Iran delinda est.)
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To: WLR

I think you are full of baloney


27 posted on 09/24/2010 6:28:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Dear Kaslin,

Respectfully, How So?

I am sure you want the Guys to be able to vote as do I.

Do you think Generals and Admirals in Command lack the authority to order subordinate JAG units to defend GIs collective civil rights?

While JAGs would hate to admit it, they work for and are subordinate to their raters the Commanders not the other way around.

W


28 posted on 09/24/2010 9:33:55 AM PDT by WLR (Remember 911 Remember 91 Iran delinda est.)
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To: Kaslin

Where is the damn Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on this? Where are the General officers..what is wrong with these people that they are not thundering mad that the men and women they are responsible for are being denied this right. I guess we have to march about that too.


29 posted on 09/24/2010 9:37:05 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I think calling senators and congressmen/women ( apart from one or two) is a total waste of time. WE are the ones who are going to have to raise a loud noise about this with a march in DC again...Time for VETS who can wear something of their old uniforms show up and clamor loud and clear about this.


30 posted on 09/24/2010 9:38:49 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Kaslin
Last Saturday was the deadline under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) for states to have sent unmarked absentee ballots to soldiers overseas so they can exercise the same right to vote as those they risk their lives to protect, including Afghans and Iraqis.

I think it's this Saturday. At least I hope so.

Early this week, those of us who mailed off reuqests for absentee ballots received postcards from our precincts telling us our ballots will be mailed on or before September 24.

I'm not military, but am a civilian embed and I and the troops with whom I work all received that date, regardless of our states.

If the deadline passed last Saturday, then the RATS have pulled another fast one (like all of those "late" ballots in '08.)

Of course, we all wonder if our votes count anyway.

But we vote. Just in case.

31 posted on 09/24/2010 10:39:54 AM PDT by Allegra (Flank steak is very lean.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Isn’t it touching how devoted to the troops the ‘Rat Party is?/s”

Yeah, right. During the 2000 election, Florida demonrats illegally disallowed the votes of a carrier battle group deployed to the Mediterranian, on the grounds that they weren’t post-marked as of the last allowable date.

Why is that illegal? Because the Florida law said that ballots had to be EITHER postmarked by the last allowable date OR-OR-OR received by the last allowable date.

These ballots weren’t postmarked at all which was perfectly legal. This was because the postal personnel with the battle group wanted to make sure they went out on time.

They were RECEIVED on time, but disallowed by vile leftist scum on the entirely specious grounds that they had not been postmarked by the last allowable date.

Does anyone doubt that a large majority of those thousands of votes were for George Bush? The libtards didn’t.

And that, boys and girls, is how that awful George Bush stole the election from that dear, dear Algore. (Oh, and the other demonrat fraud played a role, too.)

If all the ballots had been counted, as the dims kept chanting, Bush would have won handily.


32 posted on 09/24/2010 12:43:39 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Allegra

“If the deadline passed last Saturday, then the RATS have pulled another fast one (like all of those “late” ballots in ‘08.)”

I have one. I wrote the date received on the envelope and signed it.


33 posted on 09/24/2010 12:45:05 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

The military vote will have to be protected, lest 0bama and his minions steal the election..


34 posted on 09/25/2010 2:36:10 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Ping


35 posted on 10/19/2010 3:23:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Ping


36 posted on 10/19/2010 3:23:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Thank you for the ping!


37 posted on 10/19/2010 5:20:24 PM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness)
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