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2008 Election &Conservatives &Virginia politics Richard Falknor on 09 Nov 2008 01:34 pm

Is Virginia Still Stumbling With Military Absentee Ballots?

UPDATE! “The U.S. Justice Department has replaced John McCain’s presidential campaign as the plaintiff in a lawsuit demanding that Virginia election officials count late absentee ballots from military personnel serving outside the state,”reports an AP dispatch in the November 17, 2008 Washington Times here.

Last month, we wrote about Fairfax County and military absentee ballots here and here, and the work of the National Defense Committee and others in behalf of military voters.

Today the National Defense Committee reports in its press release “US Attorney General Needs to Intervene to Protect Virginia Military Voters” that —

“. . . Bob Carey, Senior Fellow at the National Defense Committee urged the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene immediately to protect at least 3,200 Virginia military and overseas voters from having their votes not counted in this year’s election.  ‘The Department of Justice has regularly required States to send military absentee ballots out at least 30 days prior to an election.  However, in this election cycle, 12,435 military and overseas voters requested absentee ballots at least 30 days prior to the election, but their ballots were not sent out at least 30 days prior.  Of those potential voters, 3,285 ballots had not been received by the election officials by the Election Day deadline.’
   
National Defense Committee has obtained the VERIS voter system data report provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections to the parties involved in the McCain-Palin campaign complaint against the Commonwealth of Virginia for not enforcing Virginia’s 45 day prior requirement for sending out absentee ballots.  National Defense Committee organized that data by military and overseas voters only, and then further organized it by those where absentee ballot application was made at least 30 days prior to the election, but where the absentee ballot was not sent to the military or overseas voter at least 30 days prior to the election.  National Defense Committee confirmed its methodology with the State Board of Elections.

The results were stunning.  Of the 39,525 military and overseas voters absentee who requested absentee ballots for this year’s election, county and independent city election officials failed to send out absentee ballots at least 30 days prior for 12,435 of them.  Those delays caused 3,285 to not be returned in time for the Election Day.”(Underscoring Forum‘s.)

Read the entire press release here.

By way of general background on military voters, here is the Army Times poll on the 2008 presidential campaign:

“McCain, R-Ariz., handily defeated Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., 68 percent to 23 percent in a voluntary survey of 4,293 active-duty, National Guard and reserve subscribers and former subscribers to Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times.

We’ll continue to report on Virginia voting irregularities.

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