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  • Voting by Military Personnel

    Posted by David Foster on September 17th, 2012 (All posts by )

    …clearly not a priority for this administration

    Half of all U.S. military bases around the world lack legally required facilities where troops can register to vote and get absentee ballots, according to a report from the Pentagon’s inspector general.

    Advocacy groups said the report shows the military has let down its service members by failing to implement the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

    Read the whole thing.

    The Obama administration claims to be very concerned about ensuring that no one is denied their right to vote–so concerned, in fact, that they want to eliminate basic protections against fraud, by deleting ID requirements.

    But when it comes to voting by U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen, they don’t seem so interested.

     

    12 Responses to “Voting by Military Personnel”

    1. Joe Citizen Says:

      Not a priority for this administration???

      The 2009 law???

      Correct me if I am mistaken here, but was it not the Democratic party that controlled the House in 2009? Was it not the Democratic party that controlled the Senate, with a near filibuster proof majority in 2009? Was it not Barack Obama who signed this bill into law?

      Why is it that Republicans never passed such a law when they were in charge?

    2. Jonathan Says:

      It wasn’t necessary then.

    3. David Foster Says:

      Unless it is implemented, a law is just political posturing. And implementation falls within the purview of the executive department.

    4. Jezzy Says:

      The Obama administration, know that even if the members of the Military don’t say it out loud, they hate him, they hate being used as background photo-op props for his campaign stops, they hate being stationed in countries where they have no ammo to protect themselves against attacks, they hate having their already meager budget cut, they hate having a Commander-and-Chief who can’t get their names and the Ranks (they earned) right, and most of all they hate the man that despises them.

    5. Joe Citizen Says:

      “Unless it is implemented, a law is just political posturing. And implementation falls within the purview of the executive department.”

      OK David, so could you remind us please who it was that was running the Pentagon in 2009?
      In 2010?

    6. dearieme Says:

      “they hate having their already meager budget cut”: ho ho. Why weaken a good argument with this absurd claim?

    7. Michael Kennedy Says:

      I thought the troll storm was over. Oh well.

    8. tyouth Says:

      Joe Citizen, If you have a point to make, make it. Don’t ask questions, rhetorical or otherwise. YOU make YOUR arguemnt.

    9. Joe Citizen Says:

      Tyouth,

      Here is an idea. You write what you wish to write. I’ll write what I wish to write.
      You can use your imagination to punctuate my comment with a suitable closing retort.

    10. TMLutas Says:

      Joe Citizen – The MOVE Act made it easier for overseas civilians and military to vote. They occasionally do these bipartisan things in order to move legislation along. Guess which way each constituency leans. Guess the rejection rate on civilian overseas ballots vs military overseas ballots. If this were anybody but the military, the DOJ would be investigating under civil rights law.

    11. Dan from Madison Says:

      @Tyouth said: “Joe Citizen, If you have a point to make, make it. Don’t ask questions, rhetorical or otherwise. YOU make YOUR arguemnt.”

      Rhetorical questions and homework assignments are standard troll behavior. I typically ignore it and try to discuss issues with those who are, well, discussing the issue.

    12. tyouth Says:

      “You can use your imagination to punctuate my comment with a suitable closing retort.”

      A weird retort. I’m just trying to help you out Joe.