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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 ^ | 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
    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. 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
  • 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 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 / 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...