Obama’s Military Voter Suppression Campaign


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The Obama administration appears to be violating the civil rights of nearly 200,000 U.S. soldiers around the world by deliberately disenfranchising them.

These are the same servicemen and servicewomen who may have to put their lives on the line at some point to respond to the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya yesterday.

News of the Obama administration’s apparent crackdown on military voting comes days after the Obama campaign succeeded in convincing a liberal federal judge to strike down parts of an Ohio election reform law. Analysts say the ruling gives Obama an electoral advantage in the crucial battleground state.

Perhaps the administration’s lack of enthusiasm for safeguarding soldiers’ votes has something to do with the fact that Republican John McCain garnered 54 percent of the military vote in 2008. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that GOPer Mitt Romney scored the support of 58 percent of the military compared to the anemic 34 percent support that President Obama received according to a Gallup poll this past May.

Although the federal government moves with lightning speed to attack desperately needed state voter identification laws, it seems barely aware of its obligations under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.

The law was created to help deployed soldiers, many of whom are constantly on the move, to exercise the right to vote that they fight to protect. The law requires the Pentagon to create an “installation voting assistance office,” or IVAO, for every military base close to a combat zone.

IVAOs are supposed to help military personnel navigate the labyrinth of often confusing voting rules of the nation’s 55 states and territories. But IVAOs can’t help anybody vote if they don’t exist.

A recent report by the Department of Defense’s inspector general found that in half of the 229 overseas military installations the DoD hadn’t even bothered to set up the IVAO facilities that the law mandates.

“Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50% of the time,” according to the Pentagon watchdog’s report. “We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available.”

Pam Mitchell, acting director of the DoD’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, brushed off the report. “I strongly believe that voting-assistance is the best that it has ever been,” she said, presumably with a straight face.

Setting up IVAOs as required by the law costs a piddling $15 million to $20 million per year — yet it’s not happening. Remember that President Obama presides over the most spendthrift administration in the history of the world. His administration endlessly hypes phantom voter suppression stateside, accusing good government groups like True the Vote of voter intimidation while letting the baton-wielding black shirts of the New Black Panther Party run wild.

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  • Schlomotion

    This article contains a lot of the words "seems, appears, apparent, every reason to believe, likely" and "safe bet." I guess facts and sound legal arguments are hard to come by these days. Edwin Meese should hire a smarter blogger.

    • GodsMichael

      Because the author, like Romney and Ryan is not telling the truth. He is trying to give the impression without seeming to be dishonest. The voter suppression that is going on courtesy of the GOP is real. they know they cannot win without cheating, lying and they need diversion from the truth so they can pull the wool over people's eyes. But our eyes are open and we can verify and check everything so we don't get brainwashed. No thanks I'm not buying this. You are a talented writer, and have a great future, but doing things like this demean your talent and you gift

      • guest

        Unlike the author, Obama is not telling the truth. He is trying to give the impression of hope and chains without seeming to be dishonest. The voter suppression that is going on is being discussed courtesy of the GOP is real. There were many examples of Acorn doing voter intimidation during the last election. The godless Democrats know they cannot win without cheating, lying and they need diversion from the truth of Sharia so they can pull the wool over people's eyes. But our eyes are open and we can verify and check everything so we don't get brainwashed. I especially liked the DNC replacing the priest with an Imam. Panetta had soldiers disarmed in a war zone! Doing things like this clearly bring truth, and clearly you will be attacked for the new hate speech called truth.

        • GodsMichael

          Hope and chains? wow and what makes you think all Democrats are Godless? that is a prejudicial fallacy. There are meany fine Christians that know that people who go around judging a whole group as one thing is being prejudicial. how many GOP or Conservative have cheated on their wives, lied about illegal things, Like Watergate, Iran-Contra, WMDS in Iraq, does that make all conservatives liars, deceivers and frauds?
          I am not only a real Christian but I am also an adult Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School administrator. I believe that all of us are responsible for helping the poor and the widow as God commands, this, "your on your own" attitude is satanic and it is Anti Christ. as it goes against the teachings of Christ. and wealth does not mean a person is righteous, (read Book of Revelation the church of laodicea in chapter 3) And might does no make right. if you had read scripture and studied it you's know there are many in the GOP who are self righteous and have not the righteousness of Christ. Love your neighbor, take the beam out of your own eye so you an see the splinter in your brothers eye. give to the poor, have no ought against a man that has done nothing to you or without cause. the GOP hates the president, and it's prejudicial in it's foundation with racism at its roots, that is not God's way! so it seem that they have stepped away from God. The GOP has been seeking to steal and rig the election since Watergate; the GOP has been conspiring on ways to undermine the election process so it favors them, that's cheating and fraud and that is also Anti Christ. so the GOP is also godless like it or not. are you in Christ? have you surrendered your entire life to him and repented of sin since we are all born in sin and need a Savoir? Have accepted Christ into your life and committed you life to him?. if not I have to share with you, that you too are godless, reading the bible and going to church does not make you a christian. it's the asking of God to come into your life as your God and the LORD(ruler) of your life and to confess your sin against God that makes the difference. Hating and exploiting 47% of poor Americans is also Anti Christ.

      • GodsMichael

        As a Christian people are more important to me than ideology. the GOP cry constitution, but there is a separation of church and government in there also, but the are trying to bring a version of the church into government. God is not in what they are doing. vaginal probe idea came out of a misogynistic hatred for women. penetrating a woman by force, against her will and the law adding in this penetration is legalizing rape. God is not in that! calling it a medical procedure does not lessen the fact that it is rape; that is also Anti Christ. so how godless is that? They rejoice and applaud the legalization of rape on national TV. that is shameful. and is also Anti Christ. it is against God (is not that woman right or wrong, made after the image of God? then in effect, you are doing it to God "In that you did it to the least one of these, ye have done it unto me" Jesus Christ

    • http://matthewvadum.blogspot.com/ Matthew Vadum

      There's nothing like an article about liberal fascism to bring out the Obama trolls. Ha ha.

      • Schlomotion

        Except I am not an Obama supporter or voter. Ha ha.

        • http://matthewvadum.blogspot.com/ Matthew Vadum

          So you always say. Ha ha.

          • Western Canadian

            The thing about this particular troll, and a very consistant thing it is: No matter what he asserts, the opposite is true, no matter what knowledge he claims to have, he does not. Seems the poor soul attended a school that had a ‘backwards day’, and no one ever told him that it was over….. How sad.

  • amused

    HERE COMES ANOTHER LIE BY VADUM . WAKE UP YOU DOLTS . This author is feeding you more bullsheeet . No one is attempting to supress the military voters , the law sought to be struck down is one which Republicans are responsible for the law preventsearly voting by civilian voters something that voters in the military already have and will continue to have .- ANOTHER REPUBLICAN LIE – Which Vadum KNOWINGLY EMBRACES .
    Now a sprinkle of truth to make the LIE palatable , yes almost 50% of those military offices could not be reached , but why ? Outdated phone numbers , some were not manned 24/7/365 …why ….is it election time ? Is it time to cast an early vote ?
    LOL….when Republicans win an election it's " The Will of the Electorate " , but when Democrats win an election it's "Fraud " .
    You guys that believe this vomit thrown in the street for you to suck up are PATHETIC .

    • Steve Chavez

      Here in New Mexico, the former Democrat Secretary of State, Rebecca Vigil Giron, did suppress the military vote by not sending out ballots in time and others that were not delivered in time since they were held up in the Post Office by their personnel in a CONSPIRACY by the Democrats. Giron, a Bill Richardson crony, is now under indictment for VOTER FRAUD but the Attorney General is dragging his feet on the case since he is also a Democrat, a son of a former Governor, and now running for Governor who is investigating his opponent, SUSANA MARTINEZ, for political emails on her government account. Can you say "Conflict of Interest." The Giron case is dragging on so the case can be dismissed on a technicality since they haven't even gone to trial after two years.

      Also added to the fraud is the ILLEGALS who were allowed to get a NM Drivers License by BILL RICHARDSON with most using fraudulent documents to acquire it.

      SOMEONE REGISTERED (MY) 12-YEAR OLD SON in time for the 2008 election and he got many calls the (eye, FPM doesn't like first person stories) recorded. Again in 2010 but now in the primary season, he got calls for Anita, Susan, Abrian, and Christopher. On one of the calls, that eye recorded, eye asked if voter ID was required and the worker said no so eye said "Can my brother go vote for me then," she said yes, so eye repeated it and she said yes again. TAPES TO PROVE IT!

      TWO WORDS THAT WILL DEFEAT OBAMA: "I'M SWITCHING!" Billboards across America. Millions of 2008 Obama voters are switching but with the overwhelming voter suppression and voter fraud by DEMOCRATS, millions more are needed.

    • Matthew Vadum

      Amused thinks that insulting and lying to FPM readers will make them change their views. Ridiculous. Ha ha ha ha ha…

    • pagegl

      Yeah, it's complete BS… NOT.

      From Fox News:
      "The MOVE Act, enacted last October, ensures that servicemen and women serving overseas have ample time to get in their absentee ballots. The result of the DOJ's alleged inaction in enforcing the act, say Eric Eversole and J. Christian Adams — both former litigation attorneys for the DOJ’s Voting Section — could be that thousands of soldiers' ballots will arrive too late to be counted."

      More here: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/bitter-failure-mo

      And more here; http://cognitionemission.wordpress.com/2012/09/07

      And even more here: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090712-6

      Kinda looks like ol' Matthew isn't feeding us BS.

  • Steve Chavez

    AMERICAN SOLDIERS SPILLED RED BLOOD IN ORDER FOR IRAQI'S AND AFGHANI'S TO HAVE PURPLE FINGERS and yet they can't vote, or their vote is not counted here? That's the ultimate SPIT in their face.

    "America, a country where its soldiers will put their lives on the line in order to protect our right to SPIT ON THEM."

  • weroinnm

    Is the Obama Regime Targeting Veterans? (Part 2) http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-the
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • fightwarnotwars

    yay! manufactured outrage over disinformation! Now that's what the internet is good for!

  • topeka

    It is an obscenity that fascist pigs with no right to vote can cast a ballot when our soldiers cannot receive their ballots.

    … Par for the Fascist Pigs (aka Democrats) and their sycophants in the Rino party…

    • Questions

      They're socialists, not fascists.

  • http://matthewvadum.blogspot.com/ Matthew Vadum

    ATTENTION LEFTIST TROLLS:

    Unlike so many journalists, when I write articles I try to show some humility by, when appropriate, refraining from absolutely asserting things. There is a good reason for this. This passage from a different article of mine (albeit about a completely different topic) sums up my feelings on the matter:

    "When reporters claiming to be neutral political fact-checkers go beyond mere reporting to state with absolute certainty things they cannot possibly know, they run the risk of churning out political opinion masquerading as high-minded investigative journalism."

    So you can see why I sometimes insert qualifiers. Although I'm pretty confident in this article sometimes we get it wrong. Facts change, new things happen, and so on. Qualifiers let the reader judge for himself or herself what the facts really are.

    • Jim_C

      So when you write things like "His administration endlessly hypes phantom voter suppression stateside, accusing good government groups like True the Vote of voter intimidation while letting the baton-wielding black shirts of the New Black Panther Party run wild," you're being careful about the facts?

      How many New Black Panthers "ran wild?" Two? How many people were prevented from voting? None?

      Contrast to concerted efforts by Republican lawmakers in various states for voter ID laws (when actual documented voting fraud is so minimal a fractional percentage as to be nonexistent, thus making voter ID laws both unnecessary in practice and expensive to implement), where you have the esteemed colleague in Pennsylvania outright saying he expects to deliver his state to Romney with this voter ID activism. That sounds like actual, not "phantom," voter suppression that, all told, could effect hundreds of thousands of votes.

      I don't know, but I think one of us may be exaggerating, Mr. Vadum.

    • CRN

      "When reporters claiming to be neutral political fact-checkers go beyond mere reporting to state with absolute certainty things they cannot possibly know, they run the risk of churning out political opinion masquerading as high-minded investigative journalism."

      Well, you're not running the risk of " churning out political opinion masquerading as high-minded investigative journalism", you actually are doing it. Why do you even pretend to be unbiased? I am sure that you spend a great deal of time making sure your half truths seem semi-believable.

  • Patricia

    I am just a civilian who has had her Dad, husband, brothers, sons, grandsons serve in the military of this country. I live in Michigan and the only problem President Obama was having was that Ohio was allowing early voting for military but not for civilians. Does that make any sense to anyone. By the way, all of my family who served in the military and they are a mix of Republicans and Democrats have absolutely no respect for the navy seal who wrote that book. My son said there are always many who have much to tell but when you become part of the armed service you know as a proud member of this group you keep it to yourself.