Friday, October 22, 2004

THWARTING Military Votes

One of the most despicable acts of Democrats in the 2000 election was the attempt to discount the votes of our military serving overseas. Somehow the way in which they arrived in the USA bypassed the official Post Office date stamp and were then deemed, by the Democrats, to not meet the rules.

Today, we once again see these same tactics in use. Due to the fact that Pennsylvania Democrats sued to keep Nadar off the ballot, the ballots were not printed on time. Therefore, ballots could not reach the troops overseas on time for the troops to vote and return them before the Pennsylvania voting deadline will be reached. The Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania has refused to extend the deadline for military votes.

Clinton Appointee Judge Rules that PA does not have to send correct absentee ballots to military. According to the Philidelphia Inquirer, "Some of those overseas voters, including soldiers serving in Iraq, are now being asked to pick from an incorrect slate of presidential candidates. And, as a result, they are being deprived of the same options given to voters at home, Justice Department lawyer Amy Zubrensky argued. They "have the right to correct ballots," she said. Philadelphia lawyer Mark Aronchick, a special election-law expert hired by the Rendell administration, called the number (of military voters) "a theoretically tiny universe of people."

DoD Announces on-Line Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has made available an official On-line Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (OFWAB). The OFWAB like the paper version has been prescribed by FVAP to serve as an emergency ballot for those overseas citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) who do not receive their requested state absentee ballot. The OFWAB is an alternative to the multipart paper version. Generally, a citizen can only use the FWAB under three, very specific conditions. To be eligible for this ballot, the U.S.citizen must: 1) Be located outside the United States (including APO/FPO addresses); 2)...

This emergency measure will allow our troops to vote for national candidates but will still disenfranchise their voting rights for local candidates.

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