Get the Pentagon to Investigate Potential Troop Disenfranchisement
Please sign the petition below, calling on the Department of Defense to do a comprehensive review of all proposed and enacted voter suppression laws, to determine how many troops would have their right to vote impeded.
This is an urgent issue, which needs immediate attention, or potentially thousands of troops will not be able to cast ballots in 2012.
Evidence has pointed to the fact that at least some of these efforts would restrict the right to vote of active duty members of our Armed Forces, yet no comprehensive review of all proposals in the states has estimated how many of our troops would be disenfranchised.
For example, we know in Colorado that many troops would be disenfranchised by the decision of Secretary of State Scott Gessler to order no ballots be sent to so-called “inactive voters” – those voters who did not vote in 2010. We know from news reports that this would disenfranchise 64 active duty troops in one county in Colorado. But, there has been no review done on how many troops would be disenfranchised state-wide.
We know that in Missouri, legislation passed through the State House that would eliminate mail-in absentee ballots for all members of the military, who are unable to cast their vote in person. For those in combat zones, the legislation allows them to submit their ballot via fax or email, which can make it nearly impossible for many who are in the field. There is no such provision for those who are stationed at overseas bases, such as in Germany or Korea, or at US bases far away from the state. We know that about 11,000 troops from Missouri voted by absentee ballot in 2008, but there has been no review to determine how many troops potentially would be disenfranchised in 2012.
And in Florida, as the Center for American Progress discovered, we know of at least one case where a veteran was wrongly booted from the voter rolls, in a purge that supposedly was supposed to target non-citizens who are registered. We have no idea how many troops may have been affected by the purge, or if the state has been able to contact any deployed troops who were, to allow them to appeal.
There are dozens of other efforts, both under consideration and already enacted, which may disenfranchise troops from a number of states, from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin. Citizens, lawmakers, and judges who may consider any legal action against these measures should know how many troops each of these efforts would disenfranchise.
The Department of Defense, after conducting a review, should determine if any of these proposals are in violation of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. As the Department of Defense is charged with administering the Act under the Federal Voting Assistance Program, and a Presidential Executive order signed by President Reagan on June 9, 1988 ordered the Secretary of Defense to be the designee for enforcement of the Act, we believe conducting such a review of these enacted and proposed voter suppression efforts is not just under your purview, but your legal responsibility.
|8815||Tue Nov 12 13:30:00 EST 2013||C S||FL|
|8814||Mon Nov 04 18:53:52 EST 2013||John Carter||Ann Arbor, MI|
|8813||Thu Oct 31 18:46:57 EDT 2013||Tami Mullin||ST Joseph, MI|
|8812||Thu Oct 31 14:44:55 EDT 2013||Tammy Weatherly||Cortland, OH|
|8811||Wed Oct 16 08:54:35 EDT 2013||Dave Johnson||Yuba City, CA|
|8810||Tue Oct 15 15:08:29 EDT 2013||Michael Guy||Fort McCoy, FL|
|8809||Mon Oct 14 19:25:37 EDT 2013||Stephen Padilla||Goodyear, AZ|
|8808||Thu Oct 10 13:00:01 EDT 2013||Melody D Wharton||Dolores, CO|
|8807||Tue Oct 01 13:56:37 EDT 2013||Jason Hoobler||Cincinnati, OH|
|8806||Sat Sep 28 02:27:51 EDT 2013||Edmund Light||CA|
|8805||Wed Sep 25 23:51:48 EDT 2013||Eva Gate||NM|
|8804||Sun Sep 01 17:00:11 EDT 2013||Jim Sheridan||Houston, TX|
|8803||Sun Sep 01 17:00:11 EDT 2013||Jim Sheridan||Houston, TX|
|8802||Tue Jul 09 17:45:36 EDT 2013||Kathleen Newlin||Augusta, WV|
|8801||Tue Jul 09 12:13:12 EDT 2013||DR CHARLES LABIG||TULSA, OK|
|8800||Thu Jun 27 14:39:12 EDT 2013||barry erb||lititz, PA|
|8799||Thu May 16 18:30:49 EDT 2013||Jeff Hopkins||Lindenhurst, IL|
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|8797||Mon Apr 22 13:49:13 EDT 2013||William G Gonzalez||Suffern, NY|
|8796||Mon Apr 22 11:57:40 EDT 2013||Cheryl Carney||San Antonio, TX|
|8795||Mon Apr 15 15:32:10 EDT 2013||Jeff Hopkins||Lindenhurst, IL|
|8794||Mon Apr 15 15:19:51 EDT 2013||Julie Tobin||Scotts Valley, CA|
|8793||Mon Apr 15 15:17:59 EDT 2013||Julie Tobin||Scotts Valley, CA|
|8792||Mon Apr 15 15:16:54 EDT 2013||Julie Tobin||Scotts Valley, CA|
|8791||Sat Apr 13 17:32:09 EDT 2013||Edson Udson||Pennsauken, NJ|