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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 03:07 PM
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51. Denying military personnel the right to vote
By U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard

As my wife Joan and I filled out our ballots on November 4th, we were reminded and then disturbed over the thousands of military personnel serving overseas who routinely have been denied their right to vote.

Sadly, 2008 was no exception.

For instance, while the matter has not yet been resolved, it looks as though thousands of Virginia-based military voters stationed overseas may have been denied this fundamental right because local officials were late mailing out their ballots, which may have prevented them from being filled out and returned on time.

It is already a concern that the upcoming run-off election in Georgia is going to be conducted without many military ballots, as the expedited nature of that process means that the time required to facilitate overseas military ballots won't be available. Now is as important a time as ever to draw public notice to this matter.

For far too long, our service members" right to vote has been threatened by unnecessary hurdles and an overall ineffective process.

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