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AP Demands E-mail Voting – For Our Soldiers

From those champions of every vote counting at the Associated Press:

Few states let overseas troops vote by e-mail

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan can speak to their families by Web camera and fight insurgents using sophisticated electronic warfare. Yet when it comes to voting, most troops are stuck in the past.

Communities in 13 states will send overseas troops presidential election ballots by e-mail this year, and districts in at least seven states will also let them return completed ballots over the Internet, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the Overseas Vote Foundation.

That still leaves tens of thousands of service members in far-flung military bases struggling to meet voting deadlines and relying largely on regular mail to get ballots and cast votes — often at the last minute because of delays in ballot preparations in some states.

Adding an electronic boost to the process would ease those problems, but it raises security and privacy concerns.

Pentagon officials have been urging more states to move into the electronic age before November, a move that could help reverse recent trends in which thousands of military members asked for ballots but either didn’t vote or had their ballots rejected for flaws.

The push comes more than seven years after problems with overseas military voting set off an uproar in President Bush’s narrow 2000 victory.

This year, when war is a key campaign issue, the election results in any state — particularly one with heavy military voting — could turn on the votes of thousands of troops on the front lines.

“The personnel that fight our wars, the people who are most affected by the decisions on the use of the military, are being systematically denied the right to vote,” said Bob Carey, a board member of the Overseas Vote Foundation, a voting rights group.

Carey, a Navy reservist who has served in Iraq, noted that ballots are often not prepared and ready to be mailed until 30 to 45 days before an election. And since it can take more than two weeks for troops to get ballots by regular mail, they sometimes get them too late to meet voting deadlines.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, who is president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said the use of e-mail is a controversial subject among his members. Yet, he said his state has had no problems using e-mail to both deliver and receive ballots from overseas voters.

Mind you, this is merely the product of the media and the Democrats’ (excuse the redundancy) overweening concern that every military vote get counted.

Their attempts to close polling places on military bases and to throw out military ballots never happened. It was all a dream.

The push comes more than seven years after problems with overseas military voting set off an uproar in President Bush’s narrow 2000 victory.

You see, the problem was because our troops couldn’t vote by email.

And of course this has absolutely nothing to do with getting the camel’s nose under the tent to allow e-voting. Nothing whatsoever.

Even though such a system nationwide would save the Democrats and their lickspittle minions to save untold treasure otherwise spent on propaganda influencing the news, buying votes, and getting the illegals and the dead to the polls.

(Note that the Democrats would not allow emails to be used to re-do their Florida and Michigan primaries, because they knew there would be too much cheating.)

No, it is the left’s famous concern to count the military vote that is at work here.

It’s as plain as day.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 27th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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