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  • Troops' support of Obama iffy: poll [ Commander-in-"Che" Alert!]

    12/29/2008 5:17:12 AM PST · by melt · 65 replies · 2,312+ views
    chicagosuntimes.com ^ | 12/29/08 | BRENDAN MCGARRY
    When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey. In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about Obama's lack of military service and experience leading men and women in uniform. ''Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief," said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified. Underlying much of the uncertainty is Obama's stated 16-month timetable...
  • Obama Get’s Lukewarm Reception at Marine Base (No Cheering and clapping, just SILENCE)

    12/27/2008 9:18:11 AM PST · by utahson · 119 replies · 4,666+ views
    Macsmind ^ | 12-26-08 | Macranger
    President-elect Obama stopped by the Marine Corps base in Hawaii Kaneche Bay where servicemen and -women were eating Christmas dinner in Kailua Thursday evening. As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.
  • Wesley Clark: Democrats, military must overcome mutual distrust

    12/23/2008 4:18:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,259+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | December 23, 2008 | General Wesley Clark (USA-Retired)
    The last time the United States elected a Democrat as its president to govern with a majority-Democratic Congress, an immediate fracas arose over gays in the military, reinforcing a partisan story line that Democrats can't be trusted with the nation's security. Sixteen years later, some will certainly be watching how deftly President-elect Barack Obama salutes, or how House Speaker Nancy_Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say the Pledge of Allegiance. These are symbols, of course, but the national security challenges the nation faces now are anything but symbolic: two wars, an ongoing terrorist menace, a growing list of unmet...
  • Goode: Recount should include military ballots [VA 5th District, recount on 12/16]

    12/13/2008 12:42:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 1,440+ views
    The News-Virginian, Waynesboro, Va. ^ | 2008-12-11 | Brian McNeill
    Facing the loss of his seat, U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. said Thursday that all late-arriving absentee ballots cast by U.S. troops overseas should be counted as part of next week’s recount in his 5th District race. A federal judge in Richmond ruled Tuesday that Virginia’s State Board of Elections violated the law by mailing out absentee ballots to military voters too late for them to send back their ballot by Election Day. However, the judge added that the 4,750 such ballots across the state need not be counted, as they would not change the outcome of any race...
  • Some Military Votes May Not Be Counted

    11/11/2008 1:15:58 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies · 400+ views
    NPR ^ | Nov. 2 , 2008 | Libby Lewis
    Voting experts are expecting a huge wave of military absentee ballots this year. The 184,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have a lot at stake in the vote to choose their next commander-in-chief. The mechanics of military voting are better than they used to be. But "better" doesn't always cut it for troops in war zones. Teresa Purcell got a call from her husband nine days before Election Day. "You're not going to believe this," he said, "we're not going to be allowed to vote for president of the United States because we're not getting the ballots." Robert Purcell was...
  • Video of Troops in Iraq...lookin' damn depressed

    11/05/2008 7:29:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies · 2,481+ views
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    Saw video on the tube this morning of troops "watching the results" on the tv in a cafeteria. they didn't look happy at all that hussein was their next "commander in chief". i feel bad for them---a guy who once said their lives were being "wasted" in Iraq is now going to be in charge of their work.
  • NOrth Caroline, Military Vote, and fixing the system...

    11/04/2008 11:46:17 PM PST · by topher · 2 replies · 413+ views
    Election '08 | November 5, 2008 | Vanity
    Our military troops have to jump over great obstables to vote. And then the ballots may not be counted. Take for example the status of North Carolina with 99% in. The popular vote if 50% - 50% spilt. It is only a few thousand separating McCain winning a mistake. If all the military vote was counted and it was heavily McCain, it might chain the status of this state being for McCain and not for Obama. So maybe one thing to change after this elecion is make sure the miliatry is able to vote in a quick and easy way....
  • McCain campaign sues over overseas military ballots

    11/04/2008 3:25:11 PM PST · by centristblogger · 2 replies · 337+ views
    "Because many counties in Virginia failed to mail absentee ballots in time to our men and women in uniform stationed overseas, service members are being disenfranchised because they are unable to return their ballots before the November 4 deadline," campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a written statement about the suit, which is scheduled to be heard in Williams' courtroom at 1:30 p.m. today. Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach are among the localities cited in the lawsuit as those that mailed absentee ballots overseas in late September. The suit argues that service members didn't have enough time to cast their...
  • McCain sues to force Va. to count military ballots

    11/03/2008 3:12:07 PM PST · by Hadean · 29 replies · 1,434+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 | BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va.: Republican John McCain's presidential campaign sued the Virginia election board Monday, claiming absentee ballots weren't mailed on time to military members serving overseas. The complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Richmond to order the state to count absentee ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by Nov. 14. It contends that thousands of troops' ballots, many of which would go to McCain, will not be counted. The deadline for ballots to be received is 7 p.m. Election Day, which is Tuesday. The lawsuit is the second in a week to challenge preparations for the presidential election in Virginia,...
  • A Serious Request from a Soldier's Wife

    11/02/2008 1:37:48 AM PST · by Marie · 29 replies · 620+ views
    self | 11-2-08 | self
    Dear America, As you well know, our military folks are loosing their right to vote in droves this election. http://www.foxnews.com/video-search/m/21310185/ballot_battle.htm?pageid=27100 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122304/posts They're ballots are being thrown in the garbage and turned away. These men and women are putting their lives on the line to preserve our right to live in security and not in fear. Please, consider this: If standing in a three or four hour long line seems too difficult, too uncomfortable for them, imagine standing in 120' heat in full "battle rattle" with a 40 pound rucksack for hours on end. Driving to the voting booth is tricky...
  • Troops may run out of time to cast ballots

    11/01/2008 9:07:02 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 33 replies · 751+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | JOHN RILEY
    For U.S. troops serving overseas, nothing comes easy. Not even voting. Military members may not have enough time to complete and mail in their absentee ballots for Tuesday's election, thanks to slow mail delivery, lack of information sharing among election officials, and procedural errors. In the 2006 elections, about a third of the close to 1 million absentee ballots requested by uniformed overseas voters were returned and tallied, essentially disenfranchising the remaining 600,000-plus service members, according to the federal Election Assistance Commission. Barack Obama and John McCain have called on state election officials to reduce the voting obstacles for preventing...
  • Many Soldiers In Iraq May Skip Vote

    11/01/2008 8:16:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies · 2,548+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | Denis D. Gray
    Low Return On Absentee Ballots Expected; Some Officers Refuse To Vote To Underscore Political Neutrality. Soldiers must request by mail an absentee ballot from the local election district where they last lived. Then they are sent a paper ballot to fill out and mail back. Some soldiers said they never got ballots. The number of absentee military ballots applied for that ultimately get counted is consistently low. In the last federal election, only about 30 percent of overseas military ballots were tallied...
  • Ask Rokey Suleman to count the votes of American soldiers

    10/26/2008 9:34:27 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 13 replies · 981+ views
    Rokey Suleman Fairfax County General Registrar 703-222-0776 Rokey.Suleman@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • McDonnell rules Viginia must count military overseas votes

    10/28/2008 11:44:44 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 786+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-28-08 | Gary Emerling
    Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell on Monday said federal absentee ballots from military voters overseas must be counted, following a local registrar's decision to set some ballots aside in an attempt to follow state law. In a seven-page advisory opinion delivered to the state Board of Elections, Mr. McDonnell said Virginia law requires overseas military voters submitting a Federal Post Card Application and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to include the name and address of a witness on the application envelope. But he said federal law pre-empts the state provision requiring that certain absentee ballots include the witness's printed...
  • Fairfax Registrar Must Count Military Ballots (Virginia Attorney General Acts to Protect Troops)

    10/27/2008 2:06:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies · 1,393+ views
    Human Events ^ | Monday, October 27, 2008 | Jed Babbin
    Military absentee votes will be counted in Fairfax County, Virginia thanks to an opinion just issued by Virginia's Attorney General Bob McDonnell. The just-issued opinion smacks down the partisan effort by Fairfax registrar Rokey Suleman who -- contrary to federal law -- was requiring military absentee ballots to show the address of the witness countersigning the ballot. O'Donnell's opinion finds that federal law preempts the Virginia law which requires the ballots to show witnesses' addresses. The press release from O'Donnell's office says: McDonnell Opinion: Count all Absentee Military Ballots Opinion Finds Federal Law Preempts State Law; Federal Ballots without Witness...
  • Landslide Victory for McCain!

    10/26/2008 10:42:14 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 30 replies · 1,909+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 26 | Greyhawk
    Surprise — at least one poll shows a huge McCain lead: “[Senator John] McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard, and reserve subscribers and former subscribers to Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, and Air Force Times.” Or perhaps not so surprising: there’s a history involved here. In 1864 the nation was nearing the end of the Civil War — but some wanted it ended sooner than others. Democrats offered a platform declaring that it was “the sense of the American people, that after...
  • Obama's point woman with military families: his wife, Michelle Obama (barf alert)

    10/26/2008 9:05:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies · 822+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/26/2008 | Dahleen Glanton
    As a major component of his presidential bid, Democratic nominee Barack Obama has deployed his wife on a mission to win over military families, many of them traditional Republicans. She has targeted the group with whom she hopes to forge an alliance -- wives of servicemen. In a series of round-table discussions and rallies in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and New Mexico -- all battleground states -- Michelle Obama has discussed how she, like military spouses, juggles work and family. On the campaign trail she describes herself in simple terms -- a mother, a lawyer and a wife who grew...
  • Landslide Victory for McCain — In the Military

    10/26/2008 7:04:12 AM PDT · by misharu · 14 replies · 568+ views
    Pajamas Media | 10/26/2008 | Grayhawk
    Surprise — at least one poll shows a huge McCain lead: “[Senator John] McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard, and reserve subscribers and former subscribers to Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, and Air Force Times.” Or perhaps not so surprising: there’s a history involved here. In 1864 the nation was nearing the end of the Civil War — but some wanted it ended sooner than others. Democrats offered a platform declaring that it was “the sense of the American people, that after...
  • Number of overseas voters may break records in ’08

    10/25/2008 5:45:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 498+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 26, 2008 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Organizations dedicated to helping overseas voters cast their ballot this year are reporting unprecedented rates of participation over the past few months as Election Day and absentee ballot deadlines near. The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, which assists all U.S. voters overseas, reported about 10.5 million visits to www.fvap.gov this year as of Oct. 19, up from 7.3 million visits for all of 2004. The site provides absentee voter information by state, and about 15,000 user accounts have been set up in which voters can fill out and generate state-specific absentee ballot request forms, according to Army Lt. Col....
  • 200 military absentee votes in jeopardy

    10/24/2008 6:32:51 PM PDT · by BAW · 8 replies · 575+ views
    WTOPnews.com / AP ^ | October 24, 2008
    A Republican Fairfax County supervisor is warning that more than 200 absentee ballots from members of the military could go uncounted because of a technicality. County Registrar Rokey Suleman II has set aside 255 federal write-in absentee ballots because they were submitted without a witness address, supervisor Patrick Herrity said Thursday at a press conference. A witness address is not required on a normal absentee ballot. But it is required on the federal write-in absentee ballots typically used by military members, Suleman said. "We're following the letter of Virginia law," Suleman said. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., in a statement circulated...
  • Military Ballots Being Rejected in Virginia

    10/24/2008 6:33:46 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 90 replies · 3,590+ views
    human events ^ | Connie Hair
    Military Ballots Being Rejected in Virginia by Connie Hair Fairfax County Registrar Rokey Suleman is disqualifying an overwhelming majority of the military federal write-in absentee ballots received in his county on the basis that no address had been given for those witnessing the voter signatures on the ballots. According to Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and four former members of the military who held a press conference on Thursday, over 98 percent of these military absentee ballots in Fairfax County are being rejected. “The federal write-in absentee ballot is a federally mandated ballot that allows military service members and their...
  • Speaker Pelosi Failed to Protect our Overseas Military’s Right to Vote (Rep. Trent Franks)

    10/24/2008 2:48:08 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 18 replies · 1,132+ views
    I was troubled today by yet another story demonstrating the alarming lack of regard for the fact that our military men and women are being disenfranchised from our democratic voting process. In Fairfax County, VA, it has been reported that military ballots are being literally thrown in the garbage because of a “technicality” in the absentee ballot form. Furthermore, the Justice Department has now filed a lawsuit against the State of Vermont and Vermont Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz, for failure to comply with the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), legislation intended to ensure that uniformed military...
  • Rokey Suleman and Voters for Peace

    10/24/2008 8:16:43 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 6 replies · 386+ views
    WAPo ^ | Myself
    From the Washington Post: RICHMOND, Oct. 21 -- Efforts by elections officials in Fairfax County and several Virginia jurisdictions to distribute absentee ballots to military members and others living overseas ground to a halt Tuesday after a group concerned about the state's voting system crashed e-mail servers with a massive letter-writing campaign.....With the deadline to apply for absentee ballots in Virginia on Tuesday, Rokey Suleman said he and other registrars were unable to mail out or receive applications electronically. About midmorning, the Fairfax elections office had to shut down its e-mail servers after they took in more than 700 form...
  • Virginia Miliary Absentee Ballot Problem Will Be Solved

    10/24/2008 11:27:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies · 868+ views
    The atlantic ^ | 23 Oct 2008 11:12 pm | Marc Ambinder
    The military voting project at the National Defense Committee responds to reports out of Fairfax, Virginia, and after polite telephone conversations and an exchange of letters, the problem looks like it will be solved and votes will be counted.
  • Will Jim Webb stop Rokey Suleman from denying Military votes in VA?

    10/24/2008 8:46:31 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 16 replies · 697+ views
    Today | Myself
    The Young Democrats Meet the Third Thursday of the month: Next Meeting Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:00 PM Democratic Headquarters 164 High St. NE Warren, Ohio 44481 Rokey Suleman, Past President and Founding Member Fairfax County Registrar Rokey Suleman is disqualifying an overwhelming majority of the military federal write-in absentee ballots received in his county on the basis that no address had been given for those witnessing the voter signatures on the ballots. This is the same guy: Yes. The same guy. Should someone start writing to all of the outlets that might put this into the hands of media...
  • Some service members have ballots rejected

    10/23/2008 5:53:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 664+ views
    Daily Press ^ | October 23, 2008 | PATRICK LYNCH
    A tussle over military votes in Virginia reveals a scrap for every single vote. Virginia campaign officials for GOP presidential candidate John McCain are saying that some Fairfax County absentee ballots — and possibly some in Hampton Roads — from overseas service members are getting rejected due to a technicality. But the Fairfax registrar said that he is following state law in rejecting a small number of absentee ballots that come in at the same time as the voter's application. McCain's Virginia campaign officials called a press conference Thursday afternoon in Fairfax to say that a specific type of absentee...
  • Military Ballots Being Tossed in Fairfax County, VA(and so it begins says Ace)

    10/23/2008 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Bush Revolution · 110 replies · 4,343+ views
    AOSHQ ^ | 23OCT2008 | Ace
    The patchwork problem of federal and state election regulations strikes again. Military ballots are being tossed in Fairfax Co, VA because of a “technicality.” Not a lot of them compared to the size of the electorate, but more than a few. The registrar of voters in a Democrat. He thinks it “stinks,” but the law is the law. Fairfax general registrar Rokey Suleman said Thursday that he has had to reject some of the ballots because of a Virginia law passed in 2002. That law -- then called Senate Bill 113, sponsored by then state Sen. Bill Bolling – requires...
  • PA Voting Officials Expect Increase in Military, Overseas Ballots

    HARRISBURG, Pa.,, Oct 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Even though Election Day is less than two weeks away, Pennsylvania residents living overseas or serving in the military have been voting for several weeks as 11,071 absentee ballots have already been returned. In 2004's General Election, 30,042 Pennsylvania residents voted via military or overseas absentee ballot, but Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes said he hopes to exceed that number this year as a result of new initiatives that have expanded access and increased options for these voters. To date, counties have received more than 36,000 absentee ballot applications...
  • WRKO: MA AG Galvin fights order by Court to ensure military members get absentee ballots

    10/23/2008 12:20:35 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies · 1,267+ views
    WRKO Radio, Boston | 10/23/08
    I almost drove off the road this morning when I heard this. Massachusetts Attorney General Bill Galvin, a surly hack who makes Joe Biden look like a wise statesman, has been slapped by a federal court for trying to disenfranchise members of the military. Seems Galvin has willfully disobeyed a federal courts' instruction to count the number of military absentee ballots returned to Massachusetts from overseas, especially US sailors and Marines. According to WRKO, Galvin has not met this requirement since he's been in office and a court finally slapped him hard. In response, Galvin claims that he doesn't have...
  • Missing Military Absentee Ballots (Lost in the mail? Here we go again...)

    10/21/2008 5:26:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 2,024+ views
    WGRZ ^ | 10/21/07 | Mike Igoe
    Missing Miltary Absentee BallotsPosted By: Mike Igoe 10 hrs ago Election Day is just a few weeks away now. And people who can't make it to the polls, such as those serving in the military, have the option of using an absentee ballot. Darelene Hedges of Depew called 2 On Your Side on behalf of her son who discovered there was a problem with his. Her son Joshua is serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan. He was told the absentee ballots for his overseas base had been lost. Darlene tells us her son, and the people serving with him,...
  • Poll Suggests U.S. Troops Support McCain 3-1

    10/21/2008 8:49:36 AM PDT · by VMIPubby36 · 56 replies · 1,675+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 10/21/2008 | FoxNews.com
    A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin. According to the poll, 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops.
  • Active Troops Disagree with Powell, Support McCain 3-to-1 Over Obama

    10/20/2008 3:34:05 PM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 119 replies · 3,421+ views
    Every American claims to “support the troops,” even those who have actively worked around the clock for years to “undermine the troops.” Over the weekend, the man who recently traveled to the United Nations to lay out a very convincing case against the Hussein regime in Iraq put his race and his personal legacy ahead of his country and our troops by endorsing another Hussein for President of the United States. Colin Powell has never been an honest Republican. He has only been an honest opportunist. Once Obama offered him a high level position in his administration, Powell was quick...
  • Army Times Poll on Presidential Race: Bye-bye Bama

    10/17/2008 2:40:40 PM PDT · by hecht · 22 replies · 1,402+ views
  • Army Times Poll on Presidential Race: Bye-bye Bama

    10/17/2008 11:29:34 AM PDT · by Roger W. Gardner · 42 replies · 2,180+ views
    Radarsite ^ | 17 Oct 08 | Roger W. Gardner
    Army Times Poll on Presidential Race Source: http://www.militarytimes.com/static/projects/pages/081003_ep_2pp.pdfHat tip to Mike Thayer Interesting Poll from our guys and gals serving… I'm glad to know our men and women in uniform know what's right. In case you missed this week's issue of the Army Times here are the results of the Army Times' poll of Military personnel re: the election (in percent): McCain Obama Overall 68 23 Army 68 23 Navy 69 24 Air Force 67 24 Marines 75 18 Retirees 72 20 White Non-Hispanic 76 17 Hispanic 63 27 Black/African-American 12 79 Enlisted 67 24 Officers 70 22 Somehow I...
  • Pentagon divided over John McCain

    10/13/2008 1:24:46 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 36 replies · 1,201+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/13/08 | Julian E. Barnes
    For decades, the nation's military officer corps has identified steadfastly with the priorities and values of the Republican Party. So the brass should be reveling in the presidential campaign of John McCain. Yet, in a culture that typically prefers one of its own, many are wary of the Vietnam War hero. McCain, a former Navy officer and prisoner of war, would arrive in the White House with more military experience than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. But he also would bring a long congressional career as an outspoken critic of the Pentagon -- prone to harsh assessments of its...
  • Military Times' poll shows strong McCain backing

    10/13/2008 3:03:52 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 21 replies · 616+ views
    A Military Times survey of 4,300 readers of its Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Times newspapers indicates U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Republican presidential candidate, enjoys overwhelming support from the military's overall professional core. Broken down by race, however, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, the Democratic presidential contender, receives similarly overwhelming support from career-oriented African-American military members. The newspaper group said the results of its voluntary 2008 election poll "are not representative of the opinions of the miltiary as a whole," but a survey of older, more senior ranking service members who are less ethnically diverse than the...
  • Voter participation by military is stressed

    10/10/2008 9:31:11 PM PDT · by tomymind · 5 replies · 365+ views
    hannibal.net ^ | Oct 10 | BRENT ENGEL
    Hannibal, MO — Stephen Webber knows the last thing on the mind of a combat soldier is punching a ballot. But Missouri is making it easier for Webber’s comrades who are still in battle zones to voice their political choices. The Marine reservist joined Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Marion County Clerk Bob Ravenscraft in Hannibal on Friday to highlight the options. Technology allows military personnel voting options that were unimagined in past wars. “The important thing is to get the word out,” Carnahan said. “With the election coming up, it’s important that folks who are serving in...
  • Some overseas soldiers' voting hampered

    10/10/2008 9:41:10 PM PDT · by tomymind · 40 replies · 816+ views
    signonsandiego.com ^ | October 10, 2008 | Deborah Hastings
    American soldiers can hump 60-pound packs through the broiling desert, kill for their country and die for it, but they can't always vote for their commander in chief. A solution has long been proposed: Just get rid of the Byzantine process which forces those in far-flung battle zones to vote by mail that must be delivered to thousands of local election districts across the United States. Advertisement But the Pentagon has found that bringing military voting into the 21st century is not so simple. The number of absentee military ballots applied for that ultimately get counted is consistently low. In...
  • Michelle Obama speaks to military families in NC(Barfatorium Alert)

    10/07/2008 3:50:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 41 replies · 1,097+ views
    WRAL ^ | 10/7/08 | WHITNEY WOODWARD ap
    Michelle Obama told a crowd of military families near the Marine Corps' massive base at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday there is "only one candidate" for president who will work to give them the services and care they need. "When I look at the two candidates and their plans for America ... and when I think about the military families I've met across the country and the kind of help that they could use right now - not in four years or eight years but right now - then the choice is clear," the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama...
  • Military Times poll: Troops backing McCain

    10/07/2008 7:06:21 AM PDT · by pabianice · 26 replies · 846+ views
    Navy Times | 10/7/08
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  • Overseas Vote Foundation Predicts Unprecedented Overseas and Military Voter Participation

    10/06/2008 3:16:12 AM PDT · by tomymind · 13 replies · 563+ views
    votetrustusa ^ | October 02, 2008
    Presidential Campaigns Join Overseas and Military Voter Outreach Effort Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) is fielding record levels of online activity from overseas and military voters and views this as a key indicator of potentially unprecedented high levels of voter participation of overseas and military voters in Election 2008. Over 2 million visitors have come to the OVF website, or an OVF hosted website in 2008. The month of September averaged 25,000 visits per day to the combined total of 17 OVF hosted websites. Of the tens of thousands of voters that OVF has helped to register, 26% are first-time voters,...
  • Democrats systematically targeted military ballots

    10/05/2008 3:43:02 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies · 1,034+ views
    Find Articles ^ | 12/8/2000
    A Florida -attorney retained by the Democratic Party organized a statewide effort to disqualify as many overseas absentee ballots as possible-including those posted by members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Florida counties subsequently rejected over 1,200 of these ballots for many reasons, including bearing domestic postmarks or no postmarks at all. War veterans in Congress as well as Floridian Medal of Honor recipients have decried this as a "plan and design to disenfranchise the overseas military vote in Florida." The Republican Party has sued county canvassing boards for rejecting many of the ballots, arguing that federal law requires their acceptance....
  • Military Times Poll: Troops backing McCain 68% to 23%

    10/05/2008 3:29:14 PM PDT · by flyfree · 28 replies · 1,009+ views
    Sen. John McCain enjoys overwhelming support from the military’s professional core, though race appears to be a decisive factor for career-oriented black service members, a Military Times survey of nearly 4,300 readers indicates. McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard and reserve subscribers
  • McCain Gets Some Good Poll Numbers (For a Change)

    10/05/2008 2:28:59 PM PDT · by ExNewsExSpook · 11 replies · 803+ views
    In From The Cold ^ | October 5, 2008 | Spook86
    While John McCain's recent polling data has been anything but encouraging, the GOP presidential nominee is getting some encouraging news from a bedrock Republican constituency. According to a Military Times survey, "career" military personnel are solidly behind Senator McCain, by an almost three-to-one margin. Among the 4,000 who participated in the poll, 68% said they planned to vote for the Arizona Senator, compared to only 23% for the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama. A breakdown of the survey reveals wide support for Mr. McCain among virtually all segments of the military. The Republican candidate had solid majority among every demographic...
  • Between firefights, soldiers in Afghanistan find time to vote

    10/05/2008 5:18:42 AM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 409+ views
    Canwest News Service via National Post ^ | 2008-10-04 | Tom Blackwell
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The work day all but over Saturday, Bombardier Hollie Speers did what a lot of Canadians are thinking about these days: she voted in an advance poll. Unlike the average voter, though, Bombardier Speers cast her ballot with an assault rifle slung over her shoulder, at a polling booth deep in Taliban country. She was part of a Herculean effort to ensure that hundreds of Canadian troops in Afghanistan get a chance to exercise their democratic franchise, between firefights and reconstruction projects. So far, the project has been a surprising success. The 75% poll turnout at Bombardier...
  • Barack Obama wants to allow felons' votes, hamper military ones

    09/29/2008 2:12:10 PM PDT · by connell · 28 replies · 1,191+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | Brad O’Leary
    Obama Loves Our Servicemen – But Not Their Voting RightsBy Brad O’Leary Many assume that the presidential debates help the public discern where each candidate stands on the issues.  If only this were true.  It is a most unfortunate irony that, much of the time, these made-for-TV sparring matches accomplish little more than to enable a candidate to pull yet another layer of wool over the eyes of John Q. Public.  A case-in-point from last Friday’s showdown is Barack Obama’s professed honor and concern for our men and women in the military.  Me thinks he doth profess too much. “[W]e honor all...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Military Voter Guide ~ 19 September 08

    09/18/2008 6:00:54 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 291 replies · 783+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
        Military Voter Guide As Election Day nears, we need help registering our military members to vote. Many are already registered, but some are having problems getting information on how to receive their ballots. If you know any military members, please refer them to their Command Liaison, or click on each State for more information.All information provided below is from FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program). If you are currently living abroad and not military, you can also use this website to register to vote and receive an absentee ballot.There are rumors going around online that we want to...
  • Coalition for the Military Vote

    08/19/2008 9:56:38 PM PDT · by SteveWsanson · 65+ views
    Matt Salisbury ^ | 08/19/08 | Steve Sanson
    The Veterans In Politics International is in FULL support, to allow ALL active, reservist, and guards man, military service member of all branch of our arm forces including our civilian contractors and attache to our active military to be allowed to participate in ALL elections. Each service member should be able to vote in all local, state, or national elections in their current state of residency, regardless of their current duty station, regardless if we are in peace or war and regardless if they are in the United States or in a foreign land. We should not exclude the very...
  • Veterans Solidly Back McCain (Gallup)

    08/19/2008 4:12:23 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 7 replies · 69+ views
    http://www.gallup.com ^ | August 19, 2008 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    PRINCETON, NJ -- With both presidential candidates addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention this week (John McCain on Monday and Barack Obama on Tuesday), Gallup finds that registered voters who have served in the U.S. military solidly back McCain over Obama, 56% to 34%. This is based on aggregated data from Aug. 5-17 Gallup Poll Daily tracking, involving interviews with more than 11,000 registered voters, including 2,238 military veterans. Veterans are defined as those who are or have been members of the U.S. military. Obama leads McCain 46% to 43% among all registered voters during this time.
  • Military favors McCain, poll finds

    08/19/2008 10:34:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 57 replies · 480+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/19/2008 | Foon Rhee
    While troops deployed abroad might be giving more money to Barack Obama, a poll released today says that John McCain will get the vast majority of votes from members of the military and veterans. According to Gallup, McCain leads Obama 56 percent to 34 percent, with 11 percent expressing no opinion or picking someone else. Obama spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars today in Florida, a day after McCain addressed the gathering. Gallup said the poll is based on aggregated data from its daily tracking poll between Aug. 5 and Aug. 17, involving more than 11,000 registered voters, including...