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November 04, 2008

Thank You Sen. McCain for Making Sure About Military Vote!

“Let FReedom and Liberty ring across the nation.”

Soldiers watching the election coverage in Afghanistan

A judge has ordered that all military absentee ballots must be counted in Virginia -- so long as they are postmarked by today. This could, potentially, lead to the election not being decided tonight. It's a long-shot, but so was the hanging-chad stuff...

Here's the statement from the McCain camp:

“We are pleased that the judge has ruled to preserve the ballots cast by our men and women in uniform currently serving overseas. This will help to ensure that local election officials do not destroy or dispose of these ballots before the court has had an opportunity to rule on our complaint. The McCain-Palin campaign strongly believes that no military ballot should be discarded as a result of a failure on the part of several counties and independent cities to mail ballots to service members in a timely manner. We believe without exception that the servicemen and women on the front lines protecting our freedoms deserve every opportunity to make sure their vote counts.” –Gail Gitcho, McCain-Palin spokesman

This was what McCain has done about the Militiary vote:

McCain campaign sues over overseas military ballots

Hampton Roads

The Virginian Pilot

The McCain suit, meanwhile, seeks an injunction to extend the date by which federal write-in absentee ballots must be received to be counted. The current deadline is today, but the suit seeks to have the date changed to Nov. 14.

"Because many counties in Virginia failed to mail absentee ballots in time to our men and women in uniform stationed overseas, service members are being disenfranchised because they are unable to return their ballots before the November 4 deadline," campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in a written statement about the suit, which is scheduled to be heard in Williams' courtroom at 1:30 p.m. today.

Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach are among the localities cited in the lawsuit as those that mailed absentee ballots overseas in late September. The suit argues that service members didn't have enough time to cast their votes and return them stateside.

Estimates range between federal agencies, but systemic impediments to overseas voting are seen as a hindrance that keeps service members stationed abroad from voting with the same success rate as the domestic population.

This is the second recent flap over federal absentee ballots; an earlier dispute was resolved last week when state election officials allowed about 100 ballots to be counted that otherwise would have been disqualified under state law.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 4, 2008 06:55 PM


our military was being disenfranchised while ther homeless, (maybe 50 living on park bench #9 were not . Thanks to ACORN. Hit my site Chrissie, as I feel bad about not registering my son and have posted it there.

Posted by: Bob at November 4, 2008 08:43 PM

yes, McCain did good. Now VA had better follow suit.
But...our troops are so screwed.
And that does not make this Army Mom a happy camper at all - no way, no how.

I cannot stand the thought of those two in the White House. Nope.

Posted by: yankeemom at November 4, 2008 11:41 PM

I'll keep my head up and never let them see me sweat but this is the decline of Western Civilization. I'm ready for a drink. hmmmm I don't have any here. Well goodnight then. :)

Posted by: Greg at November 4, 2008 11:49 PM

November 4, 2008 is "a date which will live in infamy" in the history of the United States. A majority of voters, exercising their right to be stupid, elected an affirmative-action, anti-American racist and socialist as president who has a narcissistic personality disorder with a G-d complex. It is the first day in my life that I am not proud of my country. In fact, I am ashamed of my country for spitting on the graves of all who fought and sacrificed their lives to protect our Constitution, democracy, and freedoms. Germany had it's Hitler and the United States with it's deficient public education system never learned from the mistakes of history and now has a Barack Hussein Obama who will change the country for the worse.

Posted by: Les at November 5, 2008 12:12 AM

That's a nightmare! I'm not american but believe me I cried.

Posted by: RWC at November 5, 2008 12:23 AM

I'm very upset, but instead of crying or whining about it, I say that every time Obama messes up with anything that is NOT good for the USA, we call him on it. Commercials on tv and radio, just hammer him each and every time. But at least it kills any chance Hillary had at the Presidency. She needed a McCain win to be the front runner for 2012. By 2016 she'll be well into her 70s and too old. I think every news channel was quite biased toward Obama last night (oh goodie, here comes the Fairness Doctrine, which is censorship!) and everytime McCain was winning a state, it was too close to call.
But my cousin in Tennessee kept his senate seat, so that's good. (he's a republican!) So at least I can smile.
And I think some people didn't know what or for whom they were voting for.
I guess here in Omaha, some homeless people were told that they had to vote Obama or they'd be kicked out of the shelter.

Posted by: Lynn at November 5, 2008 04:48 AM

Obama was strangely silent on the disenfranchisement of the military vote while pushing for the homeless. Those whose votes were bought with cigarettes from ACORN. Cigarettes bought in part from the Obama campaign's contribution to ACORN and taxpayer dollars. At least the Obamunists did not get a filibuster proof congress.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob at November 5, 2008 07:00 AM

Watch the number of re-ups decline.

Posted by: tom at November 5, 2008 12:08 PM

Watching political returns from a war zone...
Now there's some mental health opportunities for ya'.

Posted by: Steve, USMC Proud at November 5, 2008 06:48 PM