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The next president of the United States must do right by our men and women in uniform. Our troops put their lives on the line to protect our right to vote, but untold thousands of them were unable to cast their own ballots on Tuesday. For shame.

Veterans’ groups and soldiers’ advocates have warned about military disenfranchisement for years. M. Eric Eversole, director of the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project and a former litigation attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, reported that “more than 17,000 military and overseas voters were disenfranchised in 2008 because their ballots arrived after the deadline and had to be rejected.”

That doesn’t include the thousands more whose ballots never arrived or arrived at their bases too close to the election to be returned. The total number of troops affected this year could be more than double or triple that because of the relocation of nearly 70,000 military personnel out of Iraq and Afghanistan over the past year.

More alarming, the feds acknowledged last week that a transport plane that crashed at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan on October 19 was carrying 4,700 pounds of mail — including an unknown number of absentee ballots.

Experts agree that a minimum 45-day mailing standard is needed to provide soldiers overseas sufficient time to get their ballots home. But the feds have done virtually nothing to ensure that laggard states comply with military-voter-protection statutes. In fact, the Obama administration has actively worked against pro-troop voting-protection efforts by suing to stop Ohio’s military-enfranchisement reforms.

Moreover, according to a report by the Military Voter Protection Project released on election eve, the number of absentee-ballot requests by both military members and other overseas voters in the battleground states of Virginia and Ohio has dropped 70 percent since 2008. Despite a federal law mandating that every base establish a voting-assistance office (the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act), the Pentagon reported this summer that it could only contact such offices on half of the military’s bases. In Wisconsin alone this election cycle, at least 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to members of the military before the 45-day election deadline.

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  1. CrustyB

    November 7th, 2012

    Everyone in the US military should resign. It’s wrong to fight for a Socialist country. Don’t be one of the bad guys.

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  2. Mr. Happy

    November 7th, 2012

    Laws only mean what those in power say they mean.

    The last thing the Democrat party wants is active duty military personnel voting.

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  3. grayscape

    November 7th, 2012

    I bet everybody in Obama’s Cvilian National Security Force got to vote….several times each.

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  4. behold a pale horse

    November 7th, 2012

    @Crusty,

    You nailed it. How can anyone in the military remain loyal to a commander in chief that puts them in harm’s way, stands opposed to them and dissolves their right to vote by ‘losing ‘ their ballots?

    By remaining, they approve of this traitor. I would love to see all those who have honor and understand the sacrifice they make for the love of their country resign en masse.

    Domestic and foreign…remember your oath?

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  5. cfm990

    November 7th, 2012

    Maybe they should forget the ballots, and vote with bullets.

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  6. Chief

    November 7th, 2012

    It’s a fool who messes with armed men.

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  7. scribble

    November 7th, 2012

    @Chief – and why Holder will do everything and anything to disarm us.

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  8. moarkdave

    November 7th, 2012

    In this modern day and era, they should be able to get a paper ballot to any military personnel within 7 days and back to it’s proper county in another 7 days. They could always email the forms to the troops and have them snail mail the results back (or email).
    The powers in the Pentagon could do anything they wanted to to help ensure that the men and women in uniform get to vote in every election. But the powers in the Pentagon are either too political, career bureaucrats or trying not to push the envelope.

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  9. Commissar M

    November 7th, 2012

    And we’re surprised by this because…?

    I have a theory that, aside from being a Demonrat “ground game” dirty trick, the idea is that this will help produce a demoralized and disgusted professional military. Why? Well, for various reasons, a lot people I encounter on the left have a fixation with mandatory “national service”. Some of my more frank lefty colleagues have basically conceded that having the sons of white, red state Americans available as drafted cannon fodder would calm any desire on the Right for foreign interventionism. Not sure if leftist desires for military adventures would similarly quelled but presumably, it wouldn’t be their darling little elite children getting drafted.

    I think we’ve seen where that sort doctrine ends in a little place called Vietnam.

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  10. Commissar M

    November 7th, 2012

    I didn’t fully connect the dots there but basically they create a crisis where people no longer wish to serve voluntarily. Enlistment and retention go in the toilet and a draft must be reinstated for the “greater good” of the nation.

    Presumably, kids with the proper political bona fides get deferments and choice positions in safe, non-military service. Or they become the elite officer corps to the white trash cannon fodder army.

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  11. grayscape

    November 7th, 2012

    @Commissar…or they use such a scenario to continue the purge and reshaping of the military into a force willing to pledge alliegence to Dear Leader and turn their weapons on Americans who resist the Fundamental Transformation of the USA.

    O-BA-MA!!! O-BA-MA!!!

    Deathcamps are in our future….

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  12. Billy Fuster

    November 7th, 2012

    Just another of the lying, thieving, conniving ploys by the assholes known as progressives. So– how many of you are going to continue to pay your taxes to these immoral jerks?

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  13. Carlos The Jackal

    November 7th, 2012

    If the military vote were ensured, it could very well have changed the outcome of the election.
    Silly me…

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  14. AbigailAdams

    November 7th, 2012

    The whole socialist groupthink of “service” starts in middle and high school. Kids have mandatory “community service” hours they have to log in order to graduate. This is pure bullshite. No one should be compelled to give anything to anyone except by the courts as a matter of settling a winning contract dispute.

    I agree. I wouldn’t recommend military service to any young person who would serve under a socialist president.

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  15. Unneutral

    November 7th, 2012

    Phuck ALL liberals.

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  16. Tony R

    November 7th, 2012

    The problem is simple: The ballots get put into a big bag marked “ballots” and waits on the tarmac at Baghram Air Base for an enlisted Airman (no doubt a person of color)to take his sweet time to load it when he is good and ready and not before. When it is finally loaded and flown home, it becomes the responsibility of the U.S.Postal service, where postal union employees (no doubt persons of color)take their own sweet time to sort and deliver it when they are good and ready, to the various registrars (usually democrats and persons of color)who then decide that SURPRISE they arrived too late to count.

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  17. Tony R

    November 7th, 2012

    But don’t worry, for every service man’s ballot that wasn’t counted, 100 illegal immigrants voted in his place.

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  18. Bob M.

    November 8th, 2012

    Well, our Tribal-in-Chieftain has governed for years as one would expect from a Kenyan/Indonesian/British tinpot.

    Now he will finish his reign in TYPICAL Colonial African style – by being overthrown in a military junta! :oops:

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  19. Mz McHorsey

    November 8th, 2012

    Our troops should not resign, but should come home and make sure they are as armed as possible, legally or whatever, because they will need to combat the Sturmer Forces sworn to kill us all for der Fuhrer Oblobo….mit de umlaut.

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  20. Mz McHorsey

    November 8th, 2012

    I keep thinking that Obama owes nothing to no one now….so all the “promises” he made to the O fans, immigrants, illegals, gays, ghetto tribes, etc. in return for their votes will now all be shitcanned and forgotten. He has what he wants, and he doesnt care or need any of those supporters and fans. As the scales on their eyes fall away, they will be angrier than we all are now…deceived not once but twice…

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