Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Not Good - problems with absentee voting for troops overseas

from USA Today:

"Problems with military absentee ballots that clouded the 2000 election have not been fixed, jeopardizing the ability of more than 160,000 troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to have their votes counted this fall.


The signs are worrisome, says Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, one of the authors of the 2002 Help America Vote Act, a law designed to fix problems that became evident in the 2000 election. He said troops in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf voiced concerns to him during a recent trip. 'They are at war, and they want that vote to count,' Ney says. 'It's scary, because it's just not going the way it should."

There's quite a list of difficulties in the article, and this is just unconscionable. For all the rhetoric about supporting the troops, and bringing democracy to the middle east, one would think that absentee balloting for our military would be a priority. But time is running out, and I'm not convinced that the difficulties will be addressed in time. And that really makes me mad.