26 Aug 2010

Overseas Soldiers’ Voting Rights at Risk?!?

(I’m bumping this back up to the top, because I don’t think its getting near the attention it should be getting.)

This is one of those issues that… one of those VERY few issues… that I can’t see a sane person disagreeing with what everyone should agree is just plain the right thing to do.

We should all be given the chance to vote, right? Well, a bill was passed not too long ago that said that the states had to mail soldiers serving overseas their ballots at least 45 days in advance. Seems pretty common commonsensical, no?

Apparently ELEVEN STATES, and the District of Columbia, have applied for a waiver on this. The list, from Pajamas Media:

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.

The post that Pajamas Media has on this is very thorough. Just head on over there, I’m too pissed about it to write anything worth posting.

Read on at Pajamas Media…

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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3 thoughts on “Overseas Soldiers’ Voting Rights at Risk?!?”

  1. Unbelievable. If anything, they should invest in technology to enhance soldiers' voting capabilities i.e. electronic voting methods, or at least a process insuring every soldier has an opportunity to vote. (Stimulus=Jobs) A soldier on the battlefield may want to excercise their right. To think that a soldier is denied that-incomprehensible.

  2. I have a sense that so few a number of legislators in this country have experience in the armed forces, that they don't have a clue what goes on in the minds of our soldiers and veterans. By not having at least a sampling of leadership from legislative veterans to call from, our government neglects the conditions of the armed forces.

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