Below is a transcript of a news report aired on FoxNews this evening. While reading it, ask yourself which of the two major parties consistently claims to be ‘against the war, but in full support of our troops’. Which party bends over backwards to register felons, illegal immigrants, dead people, pet canaries, and deadbeats whose entitlement mentality makes them predisposed to vote for the nanny-state/free-lunch party? And then ask yourself whether, once and for all, the democrat party should be re-labeled the ‘betraytal party of convenient lies’.
In many cases, it turns out, the ballots of military personnel are not even tabulated. They are risking their lives defending our freedoms, but their votes don’t always count.
According to the Federal Election Assistance Commission, more than one hundred thousand troops requested overseas military ballots to vote in 2006, but it turned out that more than half were never even counted.
Navy reservist Bob Carey was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2004 and says he couldn’t get an absentee ballot in enough time to vote.
Ballots aren’t sent out by most states until about thirty days prior to the election. So there’s very little room, if any, for any type of error or delay. Service members say that military mail, delivered by the Postal Service, can take too long to reach them in war zones – not always enough time for absentee ballots to meet local election deadlines back home.
So right now our troops are being denied the right that their vote even counts.
Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is calling for the Defense Department, not the U. S. Postal Service, to handle the ballots.
Says McCarthy, ‘All I want is a system that tracks the ballots, so you know where they are at any given time, and that they get back in time to the ballot box, so that our overseas military votes are actually counted.’
But democratic congressman Robert Brady (D-PA), chairman of the committee that oversees the legislation, says that the proposed legislation ‘places untenable administrative burdens on the Department of Defense and is opposed by the U. S. Postal Service.’
The Pentagon does employ ‘voter assistance officers’ in units to help soldiers vote, but others are calling for one national standard for military voting. There needs to be a uniform voting act, and all fifty states and territories need to ratify that act.
Some states are taking it upon themselves to make it easier for their military voters. Eight states allow voting by e-mail, and Arizona will start a special secure website for military voting this fall. If anybody’s vote should count, it’s those men and women who are overseas fighting for our freedoms.
Despite the efforts to help front line forces to vote, supporters of reform say time is running out. They fear that, while our troops are serving our country, not all of their voices will be heard in the ballot box come November.
I am hard pressed to think of a greater injustice. And I despise the leftist, ‘power at any cost’ leadership in Washington even more today than I did yesterday.