Military Groups Motion to intervene
In response to complaints by soldiers from Ohio, about being disenfranchised by slow mail from the Combat Zone, the Government of Ohio passed a law, granting military personnel three extra days for off-site voting, This was not granted to one parties voters but to all military voters from Ohio, and was passed on a bi-partisan basis. In Afghanistan, I can assure you that the mail service is atrocious; sometimes it takes letters up to three weeks to get from Kabul to military outposts.
On July 17th, 2012, the Obama for America Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn decades of military voting protection, saying it discriminates against all the other voters. In response, a group of attorneys, mostly veterans, countersued on behalf of the US Armed Forces, especially those Combat personnel going into “Harm’s Way Daily,’ putting their lives at risk in defense of the Republic—to prevent them from exercising their right to vote is unconscionable. To add to the suit they asked Veteran’s and service organizations to endorse the countersuit. We are adding our support today in joining the following organizations with release of the national press release posted below the names of other Veterans and service organizations supporting the countersuit.
NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES
ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. ARMY
ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. NAVY
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
RESERVE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
FLAG AND GENERAL OFFICERS’ NETWORK
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
ARMY RESERVE ASSOCIATION
FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION
SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
U.S. ARMY RANGER ASSOCIATION, INC.
MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY
JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES
WEST POINT ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATES
MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS
COMBAT VETERANS FOR CONGRESS
On July 17th, 2012, the Obama for America Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Ohio seeking to overturn decades of military voting protections. Specifically, in an attempt to gain more time for their supporters to vote in early voting, the Obama campaign and the national and Ohio Democratic parties argue that it is, “unconstitutional,” “without rational justification” and “arbitrary” to provide military voters more time. Really?
The Combat Veterans for Congress PAC was founded to elect Congressmen and Senators who not only served in combat in our nation’s defense, but who are also dedicated to preserving and defending the Constitution of the United States. And we believe that the most fundamental of Constitutional rights is the right to vote. How ironic that the current Commander-in-Chief, who swore himself an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, is now arguing in court that the men and women he commands do not deserve any more time to successfully receive, cast, and return their ballots.
What’s even worse is that his minions at the Obama for America campaign issue dishonest press releases to completely misrepresent what the Obama campaign is doing, and how it can completely disenfranchise the US military; not only in the state of Ohio, but in every State and Territory in the Union.
That is why Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is joining 15 National Veterans Organization in opposing the despicable and heinous law suit filed by the Obama campaign and Democratic Party. Do not underestimate the danger of this lawsuit – if the Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee are successful in this lawsuit, they will establish the precedent that military voters do not deserve more time to vote.
Current federal law recognizes that military voters do, in fact, need more time, and mandates that all States send out their ballots at least 45 days before the election. Many States also allow military ballots more time to get back to the election office and still be counted. Ohio, for example, gives military ballots an additional 10 days to get back to the election office, in recognition of how slow military mail can be, especially for forward deployed troops.
But the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee do not care what destruction they sow in order to win this election. If the Obama campaign and the Democrats win this lawsuit, that precedent will ripple throughout the military, putting all military ballots at risk. For example, if a candidate running for Senate in Ohio loses by a small margin, and believes that getting rid of military ballots will improve his chances for winning, he or she would now have the precedent to go to the courts and demand that all the military ballots that came in under Ohio’s extended military ballot return time be thrown out. And he or she would likely win in disenfranchising the military.
That is why it is so important that we defeat the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party in their heinous attacks on military voting rights. Don’t be fooled by the proclamations of Obama’s surrogates; their lawsuit is based on denying military voters special protection. If they win, the military voter loses, and loses big. Help us defeat this dastardly lawsuit by contacting the White House at 202-456-1414, and demanding that the Commander-in-Chief protect the voting rights of the troops and tell his campaign lawyers to drop their lawsuit.
Neither military information, military branch logos, nor photographs imply endorsement of the Combat Veterans For Congress by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Departments
We are past the point of no-return patriots......we must escalate our efforts in reaching America to save America. We must yell our battle cry from every roof top, every steeple, every court house, and every outlet across our beloved nation:
AMERICA - CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION OR DIE TRYING
We will not allow our troops to be thrown under the bus nor our nation defeated by despicable, betraying weasels.
What's the matter with people who have a problem affording a few extra days for servicemembers to vote? You have the defenders of our Country in a position where they may be required to put their life on the line and accept that as their "duty", but at the same time you limit their ability to make it to the voting booth in a timely manner as timing is a "critical issue"? There's simply no rational justification for opposing this other than to limit what a certain segment of our political spectrum sees as a threat to their power coming from those who are, a good part of the time, risking their lives to serve our Country. Our politicians demonstrate their sickening self interest and lack of common sense more and more blatantly every day!
Absolutely....there is no shame in the Obama world........
American Thinker is withdrawing this story, although the blog post will remain up.
Further research shows that the suit brought by the Democrats does not target the military. The suit seeks to restore 3 extra days of early voting for all Ohioans. Currently, due to some legislative confusion, only active duty military are able to vote during those three days. The suit seeks a permanent injunction against the law that prevented all but military voters from voting 3 days before the election:
Plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment, preliminary injunction, and permanent injunction prohibiting Defendants from implementing or enforcing the HB 224 and SB 295 changes to Ohio Rev. Code § 3509.03, thereby restoring in-person absentee voting on the three days immediately preceding Election Day for all Ohio voters.
American Thinker regrets the error
They can call it what they want but the motivation is clear....they want to capitalize on lazy civilian voters who fail in their responsible voting behavior. The legislation was meant to give our warriors a bit of a break to ensure they could get their ballots counted...some will fall for the "progressive" argument that "it's all about being fair"....b.s. Every other word from the Obama Administrations vocabulary is "fairness" without understanding personal responsibility.
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