Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Let Our Soldiers Vote!

Today when many Americans go to the Polls to exercise the very right that many sacrificed their lives so those Americans can make their voice heard in the halls of Washington DC.  The irony of it all the very folks in Iraq our troops liberated from a self imposed dictator and despot can have their votes counted.

The problem in Wisconsin is the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA) -- that requires election officials to send absentee ballots to military voters at least 45 days before a federal election.
"In this election cycle, states are required to ensure the transmission of absentee ballots to military voters no later than September 22, 2012. According to the Wisconsin office's records, however, at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to transmit ballots to UOCAVA voters by the 45-day deadline." This time is required for those deployed on long remote missions to allow enough time for precincts to receive their ballots in time to count. 

Well Wisconsin is not the only State.  Illinois is being investigated as well for voter fraud of this kind.

This problem seems to be the problem in about every State in the Union. 

As reported by By Todd Starnes Fox News:

Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) said thousands of military voters could be disenfranchised as a result of the DoD’s failure to modernize its system of getting ballots to troops.
“DoD’s failure to fix this longstanding problem means that the blank ballots of thousands of overseas service members, as well as some who have recently returned from overseas, could be currently trapped in an archaic and inefficient mail forwarding system,” Cornyn wrote in a letter to Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta. “These ballots are unlikely to reach these service members until after Election Day has passed.”
Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Cornyn in raising the issue. The lawmakers believe the impacts could be especially widespread this year – due to troop movements out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

As reported by Fox News continued:

Vickie Freel said her son, who is stationed at Pearl Harbor, never received his absentee ballot.
“I am so frustrated and angry about this,” Freel told Fox News. “There is something very wrong when anyone in our military is not afforded the same rights as the average citizen.”
Michael Boynton’s son is serving in the U.S. Army — in A fghanistan.
“He said they gave out the ballots and before they could do anything — like mark them, they were ordered to return them,” Boynton told Fox News. “He said they were told the ballots were incorrect — but they were never given the so-called corrected ballots.”
That was five weeks ago — and as of today those soldiers have not been given new ballots, he said.
Boynton said his son, who is in the Army, had a chance to look at the disputed ballots and they seemed correct.
He said it’s an outrage that his son and other members of the military may not be able to vote.
“As a parent I find this appalling and unconstitutional,” he said. “Not to allow our men and women who are putting their lives in danger on a daily basis to vote?”
Boynton placed the blame on the Obama Administration.
“Our troops do not believe President Obama is a strong commander or leader,” he said.
Even more disappointing for the proud military father — the 2012 presidential election would have been a landmark moment in his 21-year-old son’s life.
“This would have been the first time for our son to have voted,” Boynton said.

Farrightgirl has two family members in the United States Military and this makes me madder then a wet hen.  My 79 year old veteran Pops who served during the Korean Conflict told me he never was able to vote all the time he was over there. Our Soldiers have their free speech limited and now they can't even vote?  What's wrong with this picture.  I urge you to contact your local state voting authorities and those at the federal level and demand for those that put themselves in harms way for our freedom and the freedom of the whole world the right to exercise their right to vote.  In this day and age with our "State of the Art War Equipment" we can not figure out a way to get this vote out today?  Internet?  Telephone?  Anybody?

On this day you are voting make a call, send an email,talk to a local reporter demanding voter rightrs for our men and women in our military and thank a soldier, a veteran for YOUR right to vote!

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