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1 in 4 Military overseas votes from 2008 Election left uncounted??

A new study suggested Wednesday that over 25 percent of ballots from voters living overseas, mostly members of the military, were not counted in the 2008 election.
"It is unacceptable that bureaucratic snafus could prevent our troops from exercising the very rights they are fighting to protect," Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement.
The study, unveiled at a Wednesday hearing, surveyed election offices in the seven states with the highest number of troops serving overseas. According to the study, 98,633 of the 441,000 ballots sent to those military personnel and other eligible voters living abroad were never sent back to the election offices and declared "lost" and 13,504 were rejected for a missing signature or a failure to notarize.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:23 PM on May. 13, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "This data provides only a snapshot of the problem, but it is enough to show that the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an overhaul," said Schumer. "We have an obligation to make it easier, not harder, for our military to cast their ballots when they are away on active-duty."
    He said that troops are not given enough time to complete and send back their ballots, and urged the Pentagon to revamp the office that handles military voting.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:23 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • "13,504 were rejected for a missing signature or a failure to notarize"

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:24 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • thanks for sharing this information, it is sad to see that peoples votes were not even counted.

    Answer by mrssundin at 7:24 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • I think this happens every election, but damn, why did it have to happen this time?
    Damn you Obama!!hehe
    grly-i'm giddy to have you back today!!

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 7:24 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Another Article for those who are unable to google and will complain about a "blog",8599,1897886,00.html

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:25 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • ROFL. I am glad to be back... I missed my dysfunctional cyber family. :)

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:25 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Its not surprising. Most of the guys my husband works with and around didnt get to vote because they were gone during the election. First they were told that they wouldnt be able to then they found out they could but it was too late to get the ballots in since they were at sea training. So its not in the least surprising that personnel overseas get the shaft as well.

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 7:27 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Heard about this yes it is a damn shame for sure.I wonder if they had all been counted if we'd still have this chicago thug from hell in the WH.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:28 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Not surprised it happened, but shocked that it's Schumer of all people bringing it up. What's he up to?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:30 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • So basically there were a number of people who didn't send in the form and a few more who didn't bother to fill the form in correctly. It's not like it's a big conspiracy, just a whole bunch of individuals who don't care enough to vote properly.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 7:30 PM on May. 13, 2009

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