Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the House Republican whip, and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced a resolution demanding that the Defense Department better enable U.S. military personnel overseas to vote in the November elections. Not a single Democrat supported the resolution. Instead, his resolution was referred to the House Armed Services Committee where it will surly wallow, and suffer a slow death. Sens. Wayne Allard (R-CO) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced a similar measure in the Senate
Democrats normally leap on an opportunity to find fault with the Bush Pentagon. But not a single Democrat joined Blunt as a co-sponsor, and an all-Republican proposal cannot pass in the Democratic-controlled House. Perhaps they fear that military votes will tip the election to Republicans as in 2000. — Robert Novak July 24, 2008
In the famous Florida recount military ballots were targeted for challenge, and only 48% of the overseas members of the military who requested absentee ballots for the 2006 election had their ballots counted, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Members of Congress should fight as hard for the right of our military to vote as our military has fought to allow Iraq to have a constitutional democracy.
Nobody who has studied the question objectively sees any improvement since 2006, and that is a scandal. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Charles Henry wrote in the July issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings: “While virtually everyone involved . . . seems to agree that military people deserve at least equal opportunity when it comes to having their votes counted, indications are that in November 2008, many thousands of service members who try to vote will do so in vain.”— Robert Novak July 24, 2008
Meanwhile, here at home voter fraud continues to make the news. In Milwaukee 10 voter registration workers face charges in connection with an on going voter fraud investigation. Once again the organization under scrutiny is ACORN, the same group with whom Barack Obama has had an intimate and long-term relationship. ACORN has been tied to massive voter fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and 12 other states. While Obama has worked side by side with this radical, and apparently criminal group, what has he done to secure the voting rights of our military? Perhaps he is content knowing that our brave men and women deployed overseas will not have the opportunity to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice.