Even though we saw a wave of red sweep the nation last week, there have been many very troubling reports of absentee ballots either not being sent to our military, not having been sent in a timely manner, or sent and received received but not counted.
Of the many reprehensible instances of voter disenfranchisement and fraud that you may or may not have seen affecting the November 2010 and 2008 elections, these examples have to be the most shameful:
Feds to Sue New York Board Over Military Voting Violations, State Official Says (Link)
“We send our young men and women overseas to fight and to die for us, and we don’t care enough to make sure they get the right to exercise their franchise? That’s what they’re over there fighting for as much as anything else.”
By Monday night [October 11, 2010], it remained unclear just which of the counties still had yet to mail their ballots.
Troop ballots left unsent for election (Link)
Absentee ballots for the upcoming election were not mailed out to almost 2,900 troops serving overseas by the deadline in about one third of Illinois counties…
Missed Deadline by New York Voting Board a ‘Huge Oversight,’ Soldier Says (Link)
The New York State Board of Elections’ failure to send all of its 320,000 absentee ballots to the state’s military servicemen and women and overseas voters after an extended deadline is alarming, an active duty Marine told FoxNews.com.
Senate Report: One Forth Of Military Votes Uncounted in 2008 (98,000 servicemembers screwed out of their vote) (Link)
A Senate report, [c]ited by the Associated Press today, seem to indicate that at least one quarter of all military ballots in the 2008 election went uncounted…
DoJ scandal reveals how thousands of military ballots may go uncounted (Link)
“…[L]egal complaints, news stories and studies all showed dozens of states failing to give soldiers enough time to vote in the 2008 election…”
To our active military members, thank you for your service to our country; your votes should count.
To our veterans, thank you for the services you have rendered to America.
And especially to our very own co-blogger here at Grand Rants, Gerry Ashley: thank you for your service.