Numerous news sources are reporting reduced requests for absentee ballots by military personnel and their families this year compared to 2008. A Human Events article dated September 27 noted significant drops in applications for absentee ballots by military voters in swing states such as Ohio and Virginia. The article reported:
In the pivotal swing state of Ohio, roughly 9,700 absentee ballots had been requested by military and overseas voters as of Sept. 22, compared with well over 32,000 in 2008 total ballots cast for those groups. In Virginia, another swing state with a significant military presence, the nearly 12,300 military and overseas ballots requested so far are something less than 30 percent of the more than 41,700 absentee military and overseas cast four years ago.
The September 22 date is significant because that was 45 days before the election. Forty-five days is the lead time established by the federal government as sufficient for an absentee ballot to be mailed to military voter and have ample time to be completed and mailed back to be counted. All military voters are strongly encouraged to get their absentee ballots requests well in advance of this 45-day deadline.
Who Would Be Motivated To Suppress Military Voters?
Military voters are a strong conservative and Republican demographic group and have been for many years. On Oct 7 of this year, Military Times released the results of its presidential poll of 3,100 active and reserve troops and reported: “Military Times Poll: Romney bests Obama, 2-1.” This year’s poll is consistent with their poll of four years ago when the results were published in the October 28, 2008 issue of The Air Force Times. Even in the electoral disaster for Republicans in 2008 with John McCain at the top of the ticket, the poll indicated 68 percent of those polled said they would vote for McCain and only 23 percent indicated they would vote for Democrat nominee Barack Obama.
The military voters are also a conservative demographic group within the Republican Party as witnessed by their campaign donations. Ron Paul’s donations from active military far surpassed the other Republican candidates during the nomination process. The obvious beneficiaries of suppressing the military vote would be the more liberal candidates.
Military Voters’ Experiences in the Past
While the liberal news media was focusing its attention on the hanging chads in the Florida recount in the presidential election of 2000, another vote counting activity was largely ignored — The military absentee ballots.
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Photo: In a Nov. 3, 2008 file photo, Chief Warrant Officer Randall Watson, of California, Missouri, browses through voter materials at Camp Bondsteel in the Kosovo capital of Pristina: AP Images