THE HILL: GOP Senators: 1000’s Of Ballots Unlikely To Reach Military Voters In Time

The Hill is reporting that “Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to express their concern over delays in ballots reaching military voters overseas.”

According to their report, the letter expresses concerns over the Department Of Defense’s  outdated mail forwarding system as being the cause of the delays. However, the past few months have brought numerous reports of ballots not being sent, planes crashing with ballots on board, and lawsuits being brought to ensure the military is properly represented on election day. It’s also been reported that several states have failed to even issue ballots to their servicemen and women.

More from The Hill: ” “We write to express concerns over another serious failure by the Department of Defense (DoD) to safeguard the voting rights of our overseas military service members, which we believe could result in the imminent disenfranchisement of thousands,” the letter stated.

Mail redirection in the military can take between 14 to 50 days, meaning a ballot could reach the voter possibly more than a month after ballots have to be mailed back in order to be counted. The Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) identified problems with the system after the 2010 election, but hasn’t implemented changes.”

A Google search lists numerous stories of ballots not being counted with some even reporting that Military ballots are only counted in the event that the number of ballots may contain enough votes to alter a very narrow margin.

Talk about not having a voice…

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