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Intentional Incompetence Disenfranchises Military Voters

Bookmark and Share    It was recently disclosed that New York State had not mailed out absentee ballots to its 320,000 military servicemen and women and overseas voters. The failure to do so puts New York in clear violation of the MOVE Act. But New York is not the only state denying our service members the right to vote. A number of Democrat leaning counties in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, New Mexico, and Nevada have also failed to comply with the MOVE Act which requires states send out their military and overseas ballots 45 days prior to elections.

The situation reveals a number of political injustices that strike a direct blow at democracy in America and highlight the entrenched abuse and indifference that has become commonplace in politics. Disenfranchising voters is one of the most egregious acts of any democracy and it is especially damning when the very men and women who are at this very moment risking life and limb as they fight the American cause on foreign fields of battle, are the ones being effected. These are the people who are defending democracy, yet they are the same ones being denied the opportunity to participate in one of its most intrinsic rituals.

The situation becomes even more offensive once you understand that the reason for this denial of the most basic right to vote, stems from a mix of both intentional and incompetent political decisions. The total collapse of the system as it pertains to guaranteeing that our military’s vote be counted, is something that can not be ignored. In fact it is just the opposite——–it must be actively defended.

Yet states like New York, have failed to insure that its active duty military members have a say in their government.

It would be bad enough if that was just the result of incompetence. If that were the case, it would be tragic and another example of just how inefficient government is. But if incompetence on the part of local and state election agencies was the only problem here, the situation could be none the more intolerable, but at least believable. However, if incompetence alone was the reason that states failed to send military ballots out in a timely manner, why then was it not caught by the federal Department of Justice?

The DOJ has entire divisions which are charged with insuring that our laws, including election laws are adhered to. They have entire divisions which are suppose to be monitoring the process and insuring that things like the MOVE Act are being abided by.

Yet here we are, little more than 20 days away from Election Day 2010 and many states are still in violation of the MOVE Act.

Are we actually expected to believe that incompetence on every level of government ranging from county, state and federal agencies was the sole reason for the complete breakdown of the system that would allow our military to have their ballots counted? Or could it be that intentional oversights of a partisan nature chose to allow timelines and deadlines to pass so that military ballots would quietly be ignored and left out of the final certified results of some of the more close elections that are being held?

It is no secret that military ballots usually break in favor of Republicans. That factor could have figured in to the violation of the MOVE Act by several Democrat led states and counties. In a state like New York, while statewide races like those of it two senate elections and its gubernatorial race, military ballots are not likely to sway the results towards the G.O.P.. But in New York, there are several close races for the House which could be determined by a handful of votes.

The same is the case in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, New Mexico, and Nevada.  And in Connecticut and Nevada, like many House races in those states, the statewide race between Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Sharon Angle and Harry Reid is close enough to be decided by a few extra votes………maybe by military votes……..the military votes that will now not be counted in the final results.

Perhaps that is why the Obama Justice Department failed to detect any problems. Perhaps that is also why the DOJ still has not filed a suit that would help correct this clear violation of federal voting rights.

It is quite hard to believe that so many different levels of government which are controlled by Democrats all simply became incapable of doing their job at the same time, involving the same group of voters. It is also hard to believe that Democrats have not said a peep about this most horrendous violation of American citizenship.

Instead of actually insuring that government works, people like President Obama have been trying to accuse those out of government of sabotaging America. Instead of a war time President showing some anger over the nerve that there are those whom would deny our warriors their right to vote, President Obama is trying to accuse the United States Chamber of Commerce of laundering foreign money to sabotage his policies. But what of his Administrations willingness to let the mandate of the people be sabotaged by intentional incompetence? Instead of trying to heat up racial tensions and accuse Republicans of wanting African-Americans to stay home on November 2nd, why isn’t the Commander-in Chief trying to insure that his troops are guaranteed a voice in the way our nation is governed and by whom it is governed?

But the cover-up goes even deeper than the political regimes that are temporarily and very tentatively controlling government. The left leaning, drive-by media is also participating. The field of journalism, both broadcast and print journalism is one that is suppose to be noble. According to the Society of Professional Journalists;

“….public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.”

Yet today we are in a news cycle and mentality that is more focused on whether or not Christine O’Donnell is an actual, true to life, cauldron stirring witch, but few headlines blare the bold headlines which contain the words “Government Disenfranchises Military Voters and Does Nothing About It”.

The media is just as guilty a participant in the game of political driven, intentional incompetence as those who are responsible for it in government. The media could take a stand that states, be this done by Republicans or Democrats, it is wrong, intolerable and in need of an immediate resolution that guarantees the votes of our fighting men and women are counted before any votes are certified by any local, state or federal boards of elections.

As Americans, unless we all take a stand and do something, each one of us are just as complicit in this tragic injustice as are those responsible for allowing it to happen and those unwilling to give it the coverage and importance that it deserves. We must all send a note to our representatives and a letter-to-the-editor to our media outlets and our local weekly and major daily newspapers. We must all let it be known that we find it unforgivable that our government is willing to have our men and women take a bullet for democracy but refuses to take their votes into consideration when it concerns our democracy.

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