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What A Shame: Republicans Have To Ask Panetta To Make Sure Our Troops Can Vote.

zbacku 2012/09/09 02:50:03
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GOP senators ask Panetta to make sure troops can vote
By
Shaun Waterman

Six Republican senators are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta personally to intervene to ensure that U.S. troops stationed away from home get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming election.

They say Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 law that ordered the military to set up a special voting-assistance office at every U.S. base around the world, to make sure troops can negotiate the confusing patchwork of 50 different sets of state registration and absentee voting requirements, and get their ballots mailed in time.

“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,” wrote U.S. Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

“Many of the on-base voter assistance offices that do exist are grossly inadequate, and at least half of them are either closed or completely unstaffed,” states the letter, sent to Mr. Panetta Friday.

“We request a timely response on what you intend to do to ensure that our military service members and their families receive the voter assistance they need in order to participate in the democratic process this November,” the letter concludes.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon inspector general released a report saying investigators had been unable to contact voting-assistance offices at just over half of the U.S. military’s 229 bases across the globe. But Pam Mitchell, the acting director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program at the Pentagon, said they were using outdated contact information.

“I strongly believe that voting-assistance is the best that it has ever been,” she said.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said she had nothing to add to Ms. Mitchell’s remarks, made Wednesday at a briefing for reporters.

Mr. Panetta “responds to all members of Congress and will respond to the senators directly,” Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde said.

Ms. Mitchell will testify next week before a House Armed Services Subcommittee and will face “tough questions” according to a staffer.



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  • Don Leuty 2012/09/09 03:16:10
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    Don Leuty
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    The military is leaning against the President. The administration is leaning back.

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  • HOMBRE 2012/09/10 19:39:36 (edited)
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    HOMBRE
    +1
    Every election the Dem's find a way to block military voting but they sure do their best to make sure people in prison get to vote.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/09/10 02:36:59
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    He does not want the troops to vote as most vote for Republicans.
  • stevmackey 2012/09/09 22:52:36
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    stevmackey
    +4
    They are US citizens fighting for us. Cut the crap and let them vote.
  • RobHom 2012/09/09 16:24:26
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    RobHom
    I think I smell a dead rat.... and the dead rat is the crap the republican "senators" are trying to bs people with....
  • zbacku RobHom 2012/09/09 20:53:21
    zbacku
    +1
    So the 'dead rat' is NOT the fact that Obama is trying to keep our military from voting.
  • RobHom zbacku 2012/09/10 15:02:18
    RobHom
    No, it isn't. And frankly I don't believe for a minute that he is even thinking about it.

    His track record with Military and Veterans is far better than Bush's and Clinton's!

    People should really be very careful when claiming Obama is anti-Military or anti-Veteran!!

    http://www.reuters.com/articl...

    I can give you even more proofs.....and I am a very conservative person politically, but I deal in truth and not lies that are repeated until believed.
  • zbacku RobHom 2012/09/10 19:31:13
    zbacku
    Any person that thinks Obama is pro-military is no Conservative
  • RobHom zbacku 2012/09/10 22:23:11
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/09/09 15:30:09
    We Are Doomed.
    jackolantyrn356
    +2
    SUCH INTRUSIONS ON THE US CONSTITUTION IS RIDICULOUS,
  • Rebel Yell 2012/09/09 13:06:32
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    Rebel Yell
    Since Obama signed into law the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, it's highly unlikely he is trying to supress miltary voting. But hey... it makes for another fine GOP conspiracy.

    Under the MOVE Act, all military installations are required to have a voting-assistance office, which, like the “motor voter” offices at departments of motor vehicles, offer individuals the opportunity to register and ask them to sign a form if they decline. The law said the offices should be open by 2010.

    When investigators from the Inspector General’s Office attempted to contact the offices at the military’s 229 bases overseas, they were able reach just 114 — fewer than half. This is why Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has been asked to intevene. Panetta is a good man and will make certain the Department of Defense is not in clear violation of MOVE.

    One HUGE problem is Congress failed to authorize additional funding to implement the MOVE Act . Pentagon officials estimate the costs of establishing the offices could exceed $20 million per year.
  • Mr Bob Rebel Yell 2012/09/09 23:52:22
    Mr Bob
    I call Bull$hit!
    Congress has appropriated $75 million over the past three years for military voter assistance efforts.
    http://www.washingtontimes.co...
  • ed 2012/09/09 11:38:21
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    ed
    +4
    Our military have just as much right to vote than the rest of us.
  • Radlad 2012/09/09 10:20:18
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    Radlad
    +4
    obummer seems to care for anything and everything that not for or in America's best interest...........

    In the military's defense I'd say that after obummer and the communist er I er mean dimocraps democrats slashed the military's budget to the bone and with many missions to perform. The military has to set its priorities..........
  • TheTruth1313 2012/09/09 06:13:12
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    TheTruth1313
    +4
    This is because the dictator in chief obama knows that the military hates him and would vote against his lying ass.
  • ed TheTrut... 2012/09/09 11:39:48
    ed
    +3
    you got that right and he needs all the voting blocs he can get ,but it still won't do him any good.
  • TheTrut... ed 2012/09/10 06:54:45
    TheTruth1313
    +1
    You hit the nail on the head my friend.
  • urwutuis 2012/09/09 05:45:58
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    urwutuis
    Oddly enough the statute ordering the military to set up special voting assistance was signed into law by Obama and this isn't the first time its presented a problem.
    This is just another right wing "nontroversy"
  • ed urwutuis 2012/09/09 11:45:10
  • wtw 2012/09/09 03:52:45
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    wtw
    +4
    Itis all about politics, the military usually votes repub so Obama does not want to force that issue!
  • sglmom 2012/09/09 03:21:00 (edited)
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    sglmom
    +5
    The SHAME here is this ..
    that PANETTA Cares so LITTLE for our Military ..
    that he has NOT taken on a PRO-ACTIVE Role already
    (but then again .. this Administration has shown nothing but CONTEMPT for the Service)

    the public outcry from our Citizens are heard ..
    and there's at least a FEW sitting in Congress ..
    that are having to send a FORMAL LETTER to Panetta ..
    demanding to know WHY there's no help .. for our SERVICEMEMBERS (and Family members) in going through all the different state offices to expedite the Absentee Voter applications ..
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/09/09 03:17:09
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    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    LMAOff.....WAIT this is an issue after Joe the Gaffer "Cried" for them the other night?

    joe biden crying
  • Don Leuty 2012/09/09 03:16:10
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    Don Leuty
    +7
    The military is leaning against the President. The administration is leaning back.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/09/09 03:14:24
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    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +3
    Panetta is an honorable man I think, he will do all he can.
  • princess 2012/09/09 03:14:24
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    princess
    +5
    Speaks volumes about OVomit and his hate for our Military and troops.
  • Tee Quake 2012/09/09 03:10:24
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    Tee Quake
    +6
    This story has been making the rounds and the bottom line appears to be that Obama knows full well that the troops would kick him out of office quicker than any other segment of the American population; that's far beyond a mere sad commentary - when the Commander in Chief is seen as a goof by the troops. Illegal aliens, on the other hand, given one freebie and concession after another, would be only too happy to sneak into polling booths and cast their illegitimate votes for their savoir. It doesn't take a genius to understand what's happening here. Especially when you read about all the lawsuits the federales have filed to stop requirements that voters prove they are citizens with a legitimate picture ID before voting. If the country survives, this will be another disgrace linked to Obama and talked about for years as Obama is finally properly vetted. It's just a shame it may not happen until after he's defeated.
  • draconiaregina 2012/09/09 03:00:48
    Obama Cares More For Illegal Voters Than Our Military.
    draconiaregina
    +3
    The Military know Dear Leader for what he is (see poll numbers)So of course there will be a sureprestion of the Military vote.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/09/09 02:51:16

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