Government Disenfranchises Military Overseas, Ignores 2009 Law


Sequestration has already caused drastic cuts to the military with more deep, automatic cuts looming. Leon Panetta has warned against them as disastrous. The Pentagon is blaming sequestration as the reason they are disenfranchising the military vote.

Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe the Pentagon.

The Pentagon claims they do not have the money to comply with the MOVE Act (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act), passed in 2009, which is aimed at making it easier for overseas military personnel to vote from their home state.

The Pentagon could have mentioned it sooner since they have had three years to comply and notify Congress.

The Pentagon says they will look at it after the 2012 election.

Can’t Holder sue them since I am certain there are minorities in the military who will be disenfranchised?

Why is it okay to disenfranchise the military and count their votes last in the first place? Their votes should be counted first.

Under the Move Act, each military branch was required to create an installation voting assistance office (IVAO) for every military base outside an immediate combat zone. This would mean that deployed soldiers would not have to travel great distances to get to a voting office. That doesn’t seem like much to ask  for and it doesn’t have to be very expensive. They need tent space and one knowledgeable clerk with the prerequisite forms in each office.

You’re not talking big bucks here though the Pentagon claims it will cost $15 million to $20 million. Well, yeah, the way the government does things, it will cost that, but how much is that, really?

How much have we wasted on suing our own states or on funding ACORN or on Solyndra and other failed renewable enterprises? We can’t find this relatively paltry sum?

The deployed soldiers in combat zones need theses offices because of the time and effort it takes them to get to a location where they can vote. Our most worthy are being disenfranchised.

In 2010, about one-third of our deployed soldiers who wanted to vote could not vote because of the distance they would have had to travel to get to a voting office, according to February congressional hearings on the matter.

The real problem is that the Pentagon doesn’t want to do it. Instead, they want to advertise and set up digital outreach to educate troops rather than set up offices even though that does not address the real problem. Since the Pentagon doesn’t want to do it, they did not comply with the law and waited until now to announce it.

Why should they comply with the law, our own President and DOJ don’t comply with laws.

The Pentagon officials have decided it won’t be cost effective before they have even made a sincere effort to establish the offices. How do they know they won’t work and who are they to decide? It’s the law!

After this election, they will do some surveys to see how people feel about the law.

It is interesting to note here that Romney leads Obama with the military 58% to 34%. Suspicious, isn’t it?

Read the report for yourself here.