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Military denied one of our greatest Rights in the US?

America’s servicemen - sons and daughters -- serving away from home in our Armed Forces must vote by absentee ballot, if they are to vote at all. Johnny and Jane can't come marching home to vote, because they are serving far away -- in many nations and states where they don’t live -- and can’t just abandon their duty to return home to vote. The Global War on Terrorism is likely to last a generation or more, but better that the horrors of war be over there than back here, like on that awful Tuesday morning in September 2001.
It is shameful that many counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia have neglected or chosen to not give Virginians serving away from home a fair chance to vote this year.
America’s entire military establishment, including the National Guard and Reserve, amounts to less than three-fourths of 1% of our population, and it is these few folks who stand between us and a repeat of September 11.

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:26 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • So now I get WHY.....Obama won the stupid election......did I comprehend that correctly?


    Answer by tyme4me2day at 8:27 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • On August 20, 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said of the Royal Air Force, “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” Those eloquent words apply equally to the U.S. military today.There are three time-consuming steps in absentee voting. The absentee ballot request must travel from the voter to the election official. The unmarked ballot must travel from the election official to the voter, and the marked ballot must return from the voter to the election official. Each of these steps can take weeks if snail mail must be used, but only seconds if secure electronic means were authorized. If we continue to rely on the mail, the overseas military voter needs at least 45 days for the absentee ballot to travel to the voter, be marked, and return to the election official.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:28 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Under a federal law called the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), military personnel and their family members (as well as civilians outside our country) are eligible to vote by absentee process in primary, general, special, and runoff elections for federal office. UOCAVA gives the U.S. Attorney General the responsibility to sue any state that violates this law by failing to give them a reasonable opportunity to receive and return their ballots in time to be counted.

    Full Article: 

    ~Captain Wright retired from the Navy Reserve in 2007 with 37 years of total service, including 12 years of intermittent active duty as a judge advocate. He has been working on the military voting rights issue.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:29 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • My son was in the military. He requested his ballot "too late". As I understand it, it was less than 6 months before the election. He was stationed in FL. It's not like the ballot had to be sent overseas and then sent to the correct unit. It was in freakin' Florida! Needless to say, he didn't get leave on that Tuesday to come home to vote.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:34 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • They have the opportunty to vote--albeit absentee, but it is still the opportunity to vote. Our servicemen and women are NOT being denied that right by serving overseas and engaging in a viable ballot option. I vote absentee every time--I guess that means my rights are being taken away too. Geesh.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Read the ENTIRE article anon. Just because it doesn't apply directly to YOU, does not mean it isn't occuring. Many overseas, didn't even receive the ballots to fill out till AFTER their due date. From the article, "Because of late primaries, ballot access lawsuits, and other problems, local election officials frequently do not have ballots printed and ready to mail until just a few days before the election."


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:04 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Check this out. This is just a sample of the difficulty of military ballots. They aren't sent out, they aren't counted, and the candidate has to sue to get them counted long after the election has been "decided". There is even a movement for military suffrage because many feel the system doesn't work correctly. There are some in this society who would scream "disenfranchised citizens" if it happened in their district. The military should get at least that much attention.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:04 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:08 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • wow it's amazing how this is just coming up lol. i think Fox news actually covered this DURING the campain, but nobody would really pay attention to it of course, because people wanted team BO in office. the Rep's that DID bring it up either got ignored or bashed for telling "lies", that the military can vote while deployed. i remember being outraged close to the election, i know many people in the military that weren't able to vote, including my dh.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • At some point, we have to make these people important. I think, and I believe I also heard this discussed in '08, there isn't importance put on this because so many military members are conservatives. I don't know if they are repubs, but they are more conservative and vote that way. There vote is feared by the democrats so not sought out ,and their vote isn't protected. They are disenfranchised by the Office of Elections in their districts, the rules to get the ballots back in, the archaic system in place to count those votes. In the day of the computer, there should be a way to get this done and give everyone who wants to vote a chance to vote.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:26 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

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