As Investor’s Business Daily reports, the Obama administration “appears unconcerned that a study by the nonpartisan Military Voters Protection Project found that in 2008 less than 20% of 2.5 million military voters successfully voted by absentee ballot.”
“In 2010, that participation shrank to a scandalous 5%,” the editorial added.
Under the MOVE Act, the Defense Department has granted waivers to states that claim to be unable to mail absentee ballots to soldiers the required 45 days before Election Day. That period is mandated to make sure there is sufficient time for ballots to be sent to and then returned by soldiers.
In 2010 all the jurisdictions that received waivers under the MOVE Act were won by President Obama in the 2008 election. Those states and the corresponding popular vote for the Obama-Biden ticket were Delaware (62 percent), Massachusetts (62 percent), New York (63 percent), Rhode Island (63 percent), and Washington (57 percent).
The Obama administration has every reason to believe it can get away scot-free with disenfranchising America’s fighting men and women.
After all, soldiers can’t fight back.
They’re easy to push around because they are not allowed to openly complain about the way their Commander-in-Chief is treating them. Look at what’s happening to former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette (pen name: Mark Owen) who wrote the book No Easy Day, a firsthand account of how SEAL Team Six put Osama bin Laden on an express train to Jahannam. Obama’s handpicked secretary of defense, radical leftist Leon Panetta, is reportedly considering legal action against Bissonnette.
When Republicans complain about the Obama administration’s flagrant, obscene violation of soldiers’ voting rights, their protests can easily be dismissed by the media as self-interested grandstanding.
Six U.S. senators — John Cornyn (R-TX), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and James Inhofe (R-OK) — have asked the Pentagon to make a serious good faith effort to protect the votes of military personnel.
“The price of [the Department of Defense's] failure to follow the law will likely be paid this November by military service members and their families, whose voting rights were to have been safeguarded by this provision,” they wrote.
It is a safe bet that the senators’ letter of complaint is gathering dust in the office of an Obama bureaucrat somewhere.
“You guys make a pretty good photo-op,” President Obama quipped three years ago when he visited 1,500 soldiers at a U.S. air base in South Korea.
Indeed they do.
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