Democrat Party Screws Military Again in NY
The Democrat Party has a long and sordid history of doing everything it posiibly can to disenfrachise the vote of our military. The special election in New York’s Congressional District 20 is no exception. Anyone who votes for a candidate of this party is, in effect, voting to continue this treatment of our soldiers who are risking their all for our freedoms.
The race between Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy is down to ledd than two dozen votes. There were over 1,000 absentee ballots sent to our military overseas. But will they ever get counted? Not if the Democrat Party has its way, and they started laying the groundwork early.
The problem for military voters in places like Iraq and Afghanistan is that it takes so long for absentee ballots to make the trip by mail from county election officials in the United States to bases in combat zones overseas and back again. As a result, only a tiny percentage of their votes get counted. Non-profit groups examining the issue of ballot delivery times and federal agencies like the U.S. Election Assistance Commission all recommend that absentee ballots be mailed to military voters at least 45 days before they’re due. The Chief of Operations for the Military Postal Service Agency recommends at least 60 days. …
In New York, ten counties make up the 20th congressional district, and nine of them sent their absentee ballots to overseas voters too late for them to be received and returned in time to count in this election. One county mailed them on March 12 and eight counties mailed them on March 13, all by regular mail with only one exception — Essex County used an express mail service.
Under New York law, absentee ballots in this race had to be postmarked by March 30, the day before the March 31 election, and received by April 7. That left most military voters only 25 days to receive, mark and return their absentee ballots, which everyone agrees isn’t enough time, given overseas mail delays.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which is responsible for enforcing the federal statute that guarantees the right of overseas citizens and military personnel to vote by absentee ballot, contacted the New York State Board of Elections and requested that they issue their ballots sooner for this race. The two Republican members of the board voted to support this request. Yet the two Democratic members of the board, shamefully enough, voted against doing so. Were they trying to disenfranchise military voters?
The Justice Department then filed a federal lawsuit on March 24 against the election board and the governor of New York. But the requested remedy was nowhere near what should have been asked for to remedy this problem, and didn’t include any of the measures that we successfully asked for from other courts when I was at the Division coordinating DOJ’s enforcement of this statute.
The only thing DOJ leaders essentially asked for (and got in a consent decree) was an extension of time for the receipt of overseas ballots, from April 7 to April 13. In other words, despite the fact that almost every expert in this area now recommends at least a 45-day transit time for absentee ballots for military voters, Justice asked only for 30. …
… In 2004, for example, we sued Georgia because numerous counties hadn’t mailed their absentee ballots in time to be received and returned by military voters. Not only did the judge provide an extension of time (like in the New York case), but we asked for and the judge ordered Georgia to send absentee ballots to overseas voters by facsimile and email, and to accept the returned, voted ballots at a secure facsimile machine under the supervision of the Secretary of State. While this compromised the secrecy of the ballot, it allowed voters to get their late-received ballots back in time to be counted, which was better than not having their vote count at all.
Who were the Democrats screwing the troops?
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