Thursday, October 23, 2008

Is this how Massachusetts treats it's Military?

ACORN, Yes! American Soldiers, No!
by Michael Graham October 23, 2008 @ 08:09

ACORN, yes! American soldiers...not so much.

That's the message from Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin to local members of the US military.

The same Secretary of State who has thus far refused to even investigate ACORN's activities here in Massachusetts--and who supports giving tax dollars to a group committing election fraud--won't do his job to protect the right to vote for men and women fighting for our nation abroad.

One of the problems uncovered during the 2000 Florida fiasco is that American military personnel deployed abroad often don't get their chance to vote. Ballots arrive too late, aren't processed when they return, are disqualified on technical grounds without the soldiers ever knowing, etc. So Congress passed a law in 2002 mandating that election officials like Secretary of State Galvin track track how many soldiers and overseas voters request a ballot, have one sent to them, and how many come back and are actually counted.

Pretty basic stuff, for a very profound cause: protecting the right to vote of people getting shot at while defending ours. But Bill Galvin told the soldiers to get stuffed. Galvin refused to obey the law and make sure Massachusetts military members got their ballots and had their votes counted.

Think there were any guys in Iraq who wanted to vote on Bush vs. Kerry in 2004? Well, tough luck if they lived in Massachusetts. Galvin refused to to his job. The 2006 Congressional election? Same thing. Guys who may have wanted to vote against "Surrender Now!" Massachusetts congressman James McGovern never got the chance.

And that, of course, is the point. Secretary of State Bill Galvin can read the polls. He knows that about 70% of the military vote will go to John McCain. He knows that people willing to put their lives on the line for the USA also tend to vote Republican more than their Cambridge neighbors here in Massachusetts.

So Bill Galvin, who will fight to the death to make sure a "voter" who can't even read the ballot unless its written in Portuguese gets a vote, violated federal law rather than make sure an American soldier serving in Baghdad gets his ballot.

This is the kind of voter Bill Galvin is disenfranchising:

“I just gave John McCain my Purple Heart,” Marine Sgt. Jack Eubanks told me a few minutes after McCain finished a speech at a campaign rally in Woodbridge, Virginia Saturday. “I said, ‘I want to give this to you, sir, as a reminder that we want you to keep your promise to bring us home in victory and honor, so it will mean something.’

“We fought over there, and we want it to mean something,” Eubanks continued. “We don’t want to come back and it just be all for nothing.”

Bill Galvin is treating our soldiers the same way segregationist election officials treated black voters in the Jim Crow South. If you think that's an exaggeration, read the consent order Galvin was forced to sign. Massachusetts is now going to have federal election officials overseeing our treatment of military voters...just like Alabama had overseeing their treatment of black voters 40 years ago.
The people of Massachusetts elected this anti-military moron. Is this really how we want our soldiers treated?

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