Diary

Disenfranchising the Military: A Tale of Three States (So Far)

First, election officials in New Mexico missed the deadline set by the federal MOVE Act to send out absentee ballots to military personnel and other overseas voters, causing the Department of Justice to get involved and negotiate a consent agreement.  Then, election officials in New York bungle sending out absentee ballots to military personnel overseas.  Now, it seems that election officials in Illinois may have also bungled sending out absentee ballots to military personnel overseas.  Is this how we treat our men and women in uniform?  Is this how we treat the people who defend all of our rights, including the right to vote?  By denying their right to vote?

I truly hope that the DOJ and courts continue to intervene to ensure that all of these votes are counted.  I also truly hope that these problems were the result of incompetence (as bad as that its) and not something else.  Didn’t we have to deal with situations like this in the last couple of presidential elections?  How difficult could it possibly be to send out these ballots by the deadline set by the MOVE Act?