Obama’s Military Voter Suppression Campaign

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As Investor’s Business Daily reports, the Obama administration “appears unconcerned that a study by the nonpartisan Military Voters Protection Project found that in 2008 less than 20% of 2.5 million military voters successfully voted by absentee ballot.”

“In 2010, that participation shrank to a scandalous 5%,” the editorial added.

Under the MOVE Act, the Defense Department has granted waivers to states that claim to be unable to mail absentee ballots to soldiers the required 45 days before Election Day. That period is mandated to make sure there is sufficient time for ballots to be sent to and then returned by soldiers.

In 2010 all the jurisdictions that received waivers under the MOVE Act were won by President Obama in the 2008 election. Those states and the corresponding popular vote for the Obama-Biden ticket were Delaware (62 percent), Massachusetts (62 percent), New York (63 percent), Rhode Island (63 percent), and Washington (57 percent).

The Obama administration has every reason to believe it can get away scot-free with disenfranchising America’s fighting men and women.

After all, soldiers can’t fight back.

They’re easy to push around because they are not allowed to openly complain about the way their Commander-in-Chief is treating them. Look at what’s happening to former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette (pen name: Mark Owen) who wrote the book No Easy Day, a firsthand account of how SEAL Team Six put Osama bin Laden on an express train to Jahannam. Obama’s handpicked secretary of defense, radical leftist Leon Panetta, is reportedly considering legal action against Bissonnette.

When Republicans complain about the Obama administration’s flagrant, obscene violation of soldiers’ voting rights, their protests can easily be dismissed by the media as self-interested grandstanding.

Six U.S. senators — John Cornyn (R-TX), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and James Inhofe (R-OK) — have asked the Pentagon to make a serious good faith effort to protect the votes of military personnel.

“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,” they wrote.

It is a safe bet that the senators’ letter of complaint is gathering dust in the office of an Obama bureaucrat somewhere.

“You guys make a pretty good photo-op,” President Obama quipped three years ago when he visited 1,500 soldiers at a U.S. air base in South Korea.

Indeed they do.

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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


    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.