Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Counting Military Votes: Protect Us, But Shut Up At Election Time

Using data from seven states with the highest number of active duty military personnel (California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Texas), the CRS found that votes from thousands of service members were never collected, or never counted…New York Senator Charles Schumer requested the study and he said the problem is worse than in 2000, despite a "massive effort" to improve the absentee voting process…Congress has done virtually nothing to make it easier for military personnel to cast absentee ballots. As we detailed last year, Democratic Senators and Congressmen refused to support even modest reforms, including a proposal from Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy of California….Making Every (Military) Vote Count, Former Spook, May 15, 2009

Bad enough that con artists who get medals for nothing more than who they know, but what greater disgrace in our treatment of military men and women than to deny them the franchise that their efforts guarantee us? This is a terrible disgrace, and it may have put a con artist like Al Franken in the United States Senate.


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