Skip to comments.GOP senators ask [Obama's Sec of Defense] Panetta to make sure troops can vote
Posted on 09/08/2012 2:20:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Six Republican senators are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta personally to intervene to ensure that U.S. troops stationed away from home get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming election.
They say Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 law that ordered the military to set up a special voting-assistance office at every U.S. base around the world, to make sure troops can negotiate the confusing patchwork of 50 different sets of state registration and absentee voting requirements, and get their ballots mailed in time.
The price of [the Department of Defenses] failure to follow the law will likely be paid this November by military service members and their families, whose voting rights were to have been safeguarded by this provision, wrote U.S. Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.
Many of the on-base voter assistance offices that do exist are grossly inadequate, and at least half of them are either closed or completely unstaffed, states the letter, sent to Mr. Panetta Friday.
We request a timely response on what you intend to do to ensure that our military service members and their families receive the voter assistance they need in order to participate in the democratic process this November, the letter concludes......
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RATS have a long history of blocking military votes. heads should roll.
We’ve had a large standing military for decades and there are no voting offices?
How long did it take for all bases to have someone watching out for the rights of gays after Obama signed that EO?
In 2000 the a top DEM Lawyer in FL sent out 9 page instructions on how to cancel a Military absentee ballot. Somebody released a copy and the scam was exposed. They are always trying to screw our Troops.
GOP Senators “ASK”?! Pretty please?! Nothing changes from election to election. The GOP bends over to take it!
To devise ways to prevent the military from voting is a despicable act. Clinton did the same thing. Let us assume that this will happen, let us make sure they are represented this November!
OK, we’ll let them vote. We’ll just make sure the votes don’t show up until after the election.
Instead of HIDING, how about the GOP candidate
MENTION THIS EVERY DAY?
Why can’t they vote online? The majority of soldiers have access to computers.
Making sure overseas troops is one thing ,,,, counting their votes is something else . In most cases the military votes are not counted unless the race is very close . THAT SUCKS !!!
It is VERY important that the troops get to vote. I think we all know why Obama doesn’t want them to vote. It’s because REAL men and women who have to deal with the tough responsibilities of defending our country AND our Constitution understand that the very type of government that Obama is trying to install is EXACTLY the reason military units were setup to defend our nation in past history; to prevent tyrannies and government oppression and preserve the sovereignty of our homeland.
The GOP is trying to suppress Democrat votes and the Democrats are trying to suppress Republican votes.
“They say Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 law that ordered the military to set up a special voting-assistance office at every U.S. base around the world...”
Send in the MPs and arrest those traitors. Put them on trial.
Well,we can at least be sure that the LGBTQ-PERVERTED ones will be able to vote.
There was a first class petty officer who worked in the personnel office, sort of the office manager. He was the guy who walked me through the process of getting my absentee ballot with lots of time to spare so I could cast my vote.
One thing I remember about that was he didn't come looking for me. I asked about until I found him. When I began my inquiry I really had no idea where to start.
My son is in the military today. He has completed two Middle East tours, one other shorter trip to the Middle East and a deployment to Central America. It says right here that the US mail moves faster and more efficiently today than it did in that other lifetime when I was trying to discover how to vote absentee.
If these guys are starting today, the only way Obama or Panetta or anyone else can stop them from voting is to stop all mail transfers. I realize Democrats will, on average, get hurt by the military vote, but they can't really stop it.
What am I missing?
Reposting from another thread...
A bit of history (from Freakonomics, iirc). Jewish lawyers were traditionally squeezed out of desirable cases and left with things that gentlemen lawyers did not want to touch. They ended up doing a lot of hostile corporate takeovers, which at the time were considered to be undesirable work. With so much practice, they became very good at it.
What the Jewish lawyers learned with all this practice was how to use every possible thing they could to the advantage of their client. One of the big factors was vote counting. They learned how to challenge votes they didnt like and get them thrown out. They learned how to make sure that their side was in charge of vote counting.
IMO, they have transferred this skill to politics. With Jewish voters very heavily on the Democrat side, this means that they will use every trick in the book (legal or not, ethical or not) to help their side win.
(Please note, this is not an anti-Jewish post. I am just trying to point out the facts of what has happened in the legal world and my best guess as to what is happening in politics. I think it was unjust that the Jewish lawyers were marginalized to the crappy dregs of legal work. They made the best of their situation, seized the opportunities available, and turned it to their advantage, for which I applaud them. I dont support those over the line legally or ethically, however.)
Only US citizens are entitled to vote - no others.
To assure military citizens can vote and assure non -citizens cannot (photo ID cards) is not suppressing any legal votes, IMO.
GOP needs to run ads showing how the military vote is being obstructed by the democrats
I have many Jewish friends and the conservative ones also do not understand the Dem connection especially when one sees how Israel get’s treated in general . The one basic thing I see missing in most politicians on each side today is basic honesty . That’s why I believe they are scared to death of Sarah Palin ,,,, she’s an honest person I belive . She went after corruption even in her own party , shared the oil profits with her constituates . She speaks plainly and doesn’t sugar coat the bad news and that scares the crap out of most reps in congress .
As they say, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”
Our men and women in uniform don’t have to be polled to find out if God should be included in their “platform.”
Lost ballots, stamped in the wrong spot, didn’t pass through the proper mail bag, didn’t cross a T or dot and I, smudged check mark, past due date, blah, blah, blah. They can vote but that doesn’t mean their votes will be counted correctly. Just like ours won’t be counted correctly somewhere over in Spain under Soros’ rule.
A friend of mine who is a research librarian (compulsively looks everything up to get the facts right) and a military wife with a deployed husband, says:
She advised that members of the military should go online at fvpa.gov to request their FCPA form. Right away.
Now is the time to get this info out to your deployed friends and relatives.
Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.
Give me a freaking beak.
You SAID it. This is Cornyn’s usual tap dance. He is too cool for school until about a year out from his own re-election! The rest of the time he is chairman of this-or-that committee and just can’t possibly make a peep on anything “political”. He is simply working on his resume for re-election.
Republicans seeking enforcement of constitutional requirements which eliminate the dead and foreigners from the ballot box is a problem for you?
-——The GOP is trying to suppress Democrat votes and the Democrats are trying to suppress Republican votes.-——
BS....I know not a single conservative who wants to suppress a legitimate legal vote..... I want every citizen who is eligible to vote....to vote...It’s their privilege
Take that liberal talking point crap back to the bowels to DU...
You Haz a Smell.
Thanks for the info.....I just sent it to my Marine grandson.
No. Neither does it surprise me that the Democrats retaliate by trying their own stunts to make it harder for natural GOP voting blocks. It's how the game is played these days.
Of course you do. No doubt the Democrats say the same.
No time for that! Too busy with steroids in baseball, etc/s