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GOP Senators Urge Panetta to Make Sure Troops Can Vote
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GOP Senators Urge Panetta to Make Sure Troops Can Vote

Saturday, 08 Sep 2012 07:48

Six Republican senators are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E.
Panetta personally to intervene to ensure that U.S. troops stationed
away from home get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming
election.



They say Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 law that ordered the
military to set up a special voting-assistance office at every U.S. base
around the world, to make sure troops can negotiate the confusing
patchwork of 50 different sets of state registration and absentee voting
requirements, and get their ballots mailed in time.



“The price of [the Department of Defense‘s] failure to follow the law
will likely be paid this November by military service members and their
families, whose voting rights were to have been safeguarded by this
provision,” wrote U.S. Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Kelly
Ayotte of New Hampshire, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Richard Burr of North
Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.



“Many of the on-base voter assistance offices that do exist are grossly
inadequate, and at least half of them are either closed or completely
unstaffed,” states the letter, sent to Mr. Panetta Friday.



“We request a timely response on what you intend to do to ensure that
our military service members and their families receive the voter
assistance they need in order to participate in the democratic process
this November,” the letter concludes.



Earlier this week, the Pentagon inspector general released a report
saying investigators had been unable to contact voting-assistance
offices at just over half of the U.S. military’s 229 bases across the
globe. But Pam Mitchell, the acting director of the Federal Voting
Assistance Program at the Pentagon, said they were using outdated
contact information.



“I strongly believe that voting-assistance is the best that it has ever been,” she said.



A Pentagon spokeswoman said she had nothing to add to Ms. Mitchell’s remarks, made Wednesday at a briefing for reporters.



Mr. Panetta “responds to all members of Congress and will respond to the senators directly,” Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde said.



Ms. Mitchell will testify next week before a House Armed Services
Subcommittee and will face “tough questions” according to a staffer.



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As long as they vote the right way they'll be able to vote. So many people are telling me that Obama is as good as out. This is from talking to their liberal friends and business associates. They're convinced Obama is going to lose. I hope they're right butI just don't see it.
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(09-08-2012, 11:57 PM)Mitch10mm Wrote: As long as they vote the right way they'll be able to vote. So many people are telling me that Obama is as good as out. This is from talking to their liberal friends and business associates. They're convinced Obama is going to lose. I hope they're right butI just don't see it.
The O has got to go!
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Please, don't pay any attention to all those polls.
Whichever area you take the poll in will be slanted.
Listen to what people are saying.
Many businesses are fed up with the present and many of them voted "O" four years ago.
The Catholics are fed up with him and they voted O four years ago.
I hear the Jewish community can't stand him and something like 80% voted him four years ago.
The polls are slanted due to the area they are in and you will not get a true read as to how the country as a whole feels.
Obama tried to make the US military pay for their own health care stating they knew what they were getting into when they joined up.

You know there is pressure on the Dems when they try to take the military vote away and now they are placing pressure on FAA employees to vote Dem.

God bless!!

PPP
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Fox replies - "Henhouse safe - over & out!" Dodgy
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Urging Panetta (with known communist ties mind you), to make sure troops are treated fairly and can vote, is like asking a wolf to mind the sheep or a fat man to guard donuts: ain't gonna happen.
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Seeing as how this law was passed in 09, I'd like to say I am surprised this administration is ignoring their own law. But again, it is this administration.

I honestly would not be surprised if the number of actual votes for O is significantly less than 40%, but he will still win the election. The administration's lack of desire to allow those risking their lives for the administration and this country ought to be very telling...

All Hail King O... Angry
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I find it ironic obama sees nothing wrong with illegal and anchor babies voting. I know legally anchor babies currently can and I think we all know illegals vote.

For that boy to try to take the vote away or make it harder for our military because he knows he might only get 20% of the vote to me is a serious problem yet most people wont see it.
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