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10-10-2012, 11:34 AM #1
Did you know that the Obama administration is disenfranchising military voters?
From the article:
Although the federal government moves with lightning speed to attack desperately needed state voter identification laws, it seems barely aware of its obligations under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.
The law was created to help deployed soldiers, many of whom are constantly on the move, to exercise the right to vote that they fight to protect. The law requires the Pentagon to create an “installation voting assistance office,” or IVAO, for every military base close to a combat zone.
IVAOs are supposed to help military personnel navigate the labyrinth of often confusing voting rules of the nation’s 55 states and territories. But IVAOs can’t help anybody vote if they don’t exist.
A recent report by the Department of Defense’s inspector general found that in half of the 229 overseas military installations the DoD hadn’t even bothered to set up the IVAO facilities that the law mandates.
“Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50% of the time,” according to the Pentagon watchdog’s report. “We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available.”
Pam Mitchell, acting director of the DoD’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, brushed off the report. “I strongly believe that voting-assistance is the best that it has ever been,” she said, presumably with a straight face.
Setting up IVAOs as required by the law costs a piddling $15 million to $20 million per year — yet it’s not happening.
Also read this elsewhere:
"This act mandated that military absentee ballots be sent to servicemen 45 days prior to Election Day. That deadline expired weeks ago. Our soldiers are complaining they never got their ballots. The MOVE act also required offices on every military installation be opened to help military personnel vote. The Washington Times tried to contact these offices on many military bases. In half the attempts they couldn’t find the office."
10-10-2012, 11:39 AM #2
Now I get it. The GOP is ok with disenfranchising minorities and others who could possibly vote for President Obama but then they cry foul because military employees who they believe could vote for them could possibly be inconvenienced come election time. Thanks for letting us know the rules of your game.
10-10-2012, 11:43 AM #3
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10-10-2012, 12:15 PM #7
If you are ok with poll taxes tax man why not charge all military members overseas a poll tax to help recoup some of the tax revenue that they would be contributing to if they were state side not to mention all of the military discounts and perks that they get?
10-10-2012, 12:19 PM #8
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10-10-2012, 12:52 PM #10
I stopped reading at the phrase "desperately needed voter ID laws."
If the author will lie like that in the first sentence, the rest of the article is going to be less than reputable.Patiently waiting for someone to bring back sax solos and keytars non ironically.