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GOP senators ask [Obama's Sec of Defense] Panetta to make sure troops can vote
Washington Times ^ | September 7, 2012 | Shaun Waterman

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 Defense‘s] 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......

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; military; troops; vote
Along with blocking Voter ID in many states, the Obama administration is also inhibiting the military vote.
1 posted on 09/08/2012 2:20:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

RATS have a long history of blocking military votes. heads should roll.


2 posted on 09/08/2012 2:21:48 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Why I thought it was ‘criminal’ to deliberately prevent any American citizen their right to vote. Why isn't the House of Representative bringing up Panetta to one of their grilling sessions? The whole nation needs to see how liberals really treat our relatives they send to play war games.
3 posted on 09/08/2012 2:31:16 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Just mythoughts

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?


4 posted on 09/08/2012 2:34:30 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Just mythoughts

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.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 2:35:48 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

GOP Senators “ASK”?! Pretty please?! Nothing changes from election to election. The GOP bends over to take it!


6 posted on 09/08/2012 2:38:35 AM PDT by albie
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To: albie

bump!


7 posted on 09/08/2012 2:41:48 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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!


8 posted on 09/08/2012 2:57:06 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

OK, we’ll let them vote. We’ll just make sure the votes don’t show up until after the election.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 4:07:54 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Instead of HIDING, how about the GOP candidate
MENTION THIS EVERY DAY?


10 posted on 09/08/2012 4:33:31 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why can’t they vote online? The majority of soldiers have access to computers.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 4:58:41 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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 !!!


12 posted on 09/08/2012 5:17:22 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Lionheartusa1

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.


13 posted on 09/08/2012 5:31:36 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The GOP is trying to suppress Democrat votes and the Democrats are trying to suppress Republican votes.


14 posted on 09/08/2012 5:37:25 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“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.


15 posted on 09/08/2012 5:42:28 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: jsanders2001
You are SOOOOOOOOOO right ,,,, VFW,, 173rd ABN , Vietnam 1966-67 .
16 posted on 09/08/2012 5:43:53 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well,we can at least be sure that the LGBTQ-PERVERTED ones will be able to vote.


17 posted on 09/08/2012 5:52:23 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
These kinds of stories confuse me. I was in the Navy the first time I ever voted. I was assigned to a ship that was always on the go.

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?

18 posted on 09/08/2012 6:10:20 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; ozzymandus; Just mythoughts; mortal19440; Lionheartusa1; All

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 didn’t 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 don’t support those over the line legally or ethically, however.)


19 posted on 09/08/2012 6:12:14 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

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.


20 posted on 09/08/2012 6:17:43 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

GOP needs to run ads showing how the military vote is being obstructed by the democrats


21 posted on 09/08/2012 6:29:09 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: generally

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 .


22 posted on 09/08/2012 6:57:41 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: jsanders2001

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.”


23 posted on 09/08/2012 7:02:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


24 posted on 09/08/2012 7:19:10 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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:


“I appreciate the concern of well intentioned people who enacted the requirement of voting assistance offices for absentee military personnel. However, no additional funding was provided for this service, and it is the military’s job to prov
ide it. So, it becomes an additional duty for personnel, which means they’re not doing their assigned job while staffing the voter help desk. Honestly, bases don’t need a walk-in voting assistance office. The forms could easily be distributed to family support services where they could be made available along with computer access to EAC.gov - most, if not all of these offices already provide free internet access to personnel and their dependents. The most important piece of information that must be gotten to all military personnel is that they MUST submit a new FCPA (absentee ballot request) prior to the November election. This is a NEW requirement that most active duty military voters do not know nor understand why. Walk-in offices squirreled away wherever the base can afford to put them will not solve this communication problem.”

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.


25 posted on 09/08/2012 8:11:06 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


26 posted on 09/08/2012 10:47:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: married21
Federal Voting Assistance Program FVAP

Bump!

27 posted on 09/08/2012 11:27:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: generally

JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

Give me a freaking beak.


28 posted on 09/08/2012 12:53:12 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: albie

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.

Primary Cornyn!


29 posted on 09/08/2012 1:04:19 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: Delhi Rebels

Huh?

Republicans seeking enforcement of constitutional requirements which eliminate the dead and foreigners from the ballot box is a problem for you?


30 posted on 09/08/2012 1:09:50 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: Delhi Rebels

-——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...


31 posted on 09/08/2012 1:11:52 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: Delhi Rebels

You Haz a Smell.


32 posted on 09/08/2012 1:12:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: married21

Thanks for the info.....I just sent it to my Marine grandson.


33 posted on 09/08/2012 1:42:10 PM PDT by mickie (My grandson is a Marine...God Bless them all!)
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To: RitaOK
Republicans seeking enforcement of constitutional requirements which eliminate the dead and foreigners from the ballot box is a problem for you?

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.

34 posted on 09/08/2012 2:32:17 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Popman
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

Of course you do. No doubt the Democrats say the same.

35 posted on 09/08/2012 2:33:20 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Just mythoughts

No time for that! Too busy with steroids in baseball, etc/s


36 posted on 09/08/2012 3:15:50 PM PDT by jch10 (America needs some R and R!)
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