September 29th, 2010
06:28 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP pushes military absentee ballots

(CNN) - Several Republican lawmakers Wednesday urged Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately force states and counties which missed the deadline for mailing military absentee ballots to act promptly to ensure men and women in uniform can vote in time for the November election.

By law, military ballots were to have been sent by September 18th. The Senators led by Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, insisted the Justice Department "initiate immediate litigation to enforce voting rights law– otherwise many service members will not receive ballots in time," the GOP letter said.

The letter comes two days after the independent Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project informed the Justice Department that a survey of 14 states found two states and 13 counties had failed to meet the 45-day deadline prior to the election.

Sessions and fellow minority members of the Judiciary Committee said "any further delay will result in widespread disenfranchisement of our troops.

Monday, a Justice Department official briefing lawmakers said 20 Justice lawyers were dedicated to monitoring compliance with the ballot requirement.

The partial survey by the MVP Project found widespread failures by election officials in Connecticut and New Mexico to mail military ballots by the deadline. The counties found to be in violation are Alabama counties Coffee, Jefferson, Limestone, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan and Pike; Arkansas counties Hot Spring and Miller; Nevada counties Elko and White Pine; and Yolo County, California; and St. Joseph County, Indiana.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    The last thing democrats want are military personnel voting.

    September 29, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is not a Republican issue- ALL eligible voters must be given the tools to vote. More importantly- not only should they be given a ballot, but EVERY ballot must be counted or they are not being given their legal right under our laws.
    In alaska this year, there were 25,000 ballots uncounted at the ned of election day. With a separation of less than 1500 votes, 15,000 ballots went uncounted when Mc Clusky conceded under pressure. This is voter fraud.

    September 29, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Flipper

    Why aren't any leading Dems, including the C-in-C himself, calling for this as well?

    Oh yeah...Dems don't want a lot of soldiers, who defend our freedom, to vote.

    September 29, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    After the GOP voted against the military budget, VA benefits, and the new GI Bill, I am sure servicemen will hop right on their anti American agenda.

    September 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Glenn Koons

    Since 2000 , Dems have tried to get felons to vote, illegals to vote,but not our brave military. With Harrry the War is Lost Reid in the forefront, our military know Dems hate them. Time for DOJ to just allow all the absentee ballots from our services in.

    September 29, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    Hummm? are the repos worried they may not have enough votes. Im sure they wouldnt care id it was the dems wanting this. Vote all repos out.

    September 29, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. toughlove

    No one Should be against this unless they have fear that the military will not vote their way. In That case, those ppl are just downright shameful and so ideaological They render themselves irrelevant to anyone who is decent.

    September 29, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. New Age Independant

    Interesting how this isn't an issue for Democrats. Of course... the military tends to vote for Republicans, so their vote doesn't really need to be counted. It's the age old politics of democrats, it will never change.

    September 29, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |