Obama sues to deny vote to Military Aug 5, 2012 15:28:09 GMT -8
Post by Yoda on Aug 5, 2012 15:28:09 GMT -8
The link and the two answers in the thread are pretty clear if you care to try to understand. Do you remember the flap up there in Washington about the absentee ballots from the Military in the 2004 election? We had the same thing in Florida during Bush vs Gore. Absentee ballots were slow getting to the servicemen and therefore late getting back to be counted. Career Servicemen are much more likely to want to vote than the younger troops and are much more likely to vote for Republican Candidates. That is why Obama is now trying to get that edge. The Democrats count on being able to capitalize on the dificulty in voting for those most likely to vote for Republicans. Actually pretty simple.
78 even said he was denied the right to vote twice. That has not happened to me, but voting while deployed was never easy.
Let's address this as two separate questions.
First -- The article was about service members who are in the state they vote in and who are voting in person. My question is simple -- why do those people need three extra days to cast their ballots?
Second -- You said, "Military members vote in the states of their home of record, not where they currently live. Often, they are in the midst of heavy predeployment field training in places like Ft Irwin, Twentynine Palms or Ft Polk, La and do not get their mail forwarded...."
If they are only deployed domestically for a few weeks, then they can order their absentee ballots long before. If they are deployed domestically for a longer period, then they can have their mail forwarded. I don't think a law to protect them from their own negligence in not forwarding their mail is really appropriate. Nor do I think that I should be protected from my own negligence if I fail to have my mail forwarded before I visit my parents for a couple of months -- which I just did.
I understand that those who are deployed overseas have special needs that need to be addressed with legislation. But I need convincing that those who are deployed domestically are in the same boat. And I don't think you're ever going to convince me that people who are voting in person do.