#1 Military ballots may not count in Illinois10-14-2010, 12:42 AM
CHICAGO (WLS) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters as part of a new federal overseas voting law.
Cris Cray, Director of Legislation at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says not all of Illinois' 110 jurisdictions were compliant with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE).
The law requires every state to mail their absentee ballots 45 days prior to Election Day to overseas troops, government employees and other Americans who want to vote from abroad.
Cray says she is currently compiling data from each of Illinois' jurisdictions to determine which were compliant and which were delinquent. Cray said it's possible the ballots may not be counted because the state was tardy in sending them out.
Illinois was required to have all of its absentee ballots mailed by Sept. 18, the national deadline. Election officials have until Nov. 15 to count the absentee ballots, which must be postmarked by midnight Nov. 1 to be eligible.
In an e-mail response, Justice Department spokeswoman Xochil Hinojosa confirmed that Illinois is being investigated for the absentee ballot infraction.
"The Department is working with all states, including Illinois, to investigate and remedy any problems that will prevent our men and women serving overseas from having the opportunity to vote and have their votes counted," Hinojosa said.
The Justice Department has brought a lawsuit against the state of New York after settling with New Mexico over a similar case of delinquent absentee ballots for overseas Americans.
Several New York counties including the five boroughs of New York City were found to be in violation of the deadline after the state was permitted by the Defense Department to move its deadline to Oct. 1 because the state's primary day was four days before the deadline.
The Justice Department settled a case with New Mexico Tuesday where six counties failed to mail ballots by the deadline.
Overseas ballots could be a deciding factor in Illinois' mid-term elections where recent polls show a tight U.S. Senate race between Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. Republican Bill Brady has an edge over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor.
What bullshit..........................:mad:"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."
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10-14-2010, 04:36 PM
What a surprise. I hope the Republicans have the balls to do something about this before it's too late. What a way to reward our military---take away their right to vote. :mad:
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10-14-2010, 07:59 PM
No kidding, SLW. New York has the same problem and it smacks of a pattern to me. I am no fan of Schmuck Schumer, but he at least conjured enough patriotic ire to say this stinks.
When our brave soldiers are disenfranchised we are truly losing our soul as a nation."Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
10-14-2010, 11:02 PM
There is absolute zero excuse for this. The law was enacted long ago, they knew the deadlines. They had more than enough time to comply. Not doing it was openly defying a federal law. Those in charge should be fired and face charges. Period.
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10-16-2010, 04:57 AM
St. Clair County (where Scott AFB is) sent their ballots out two weeks past the deadline. A neighboring county (without the large military population) managed to get their ballots out on time, despite facing the same "issues" that St. Clair County faced.
Given how close the Senate race is in Illinois, I find it very unlikely that this wasn't done on purpose.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
10-16-2010, 10:02 AM
Yeah I know, they will get prosecuted for breaking this law about like
the black panthers and Michelle did for breaking election laws. Politicians
have always broken the law if they could get away with it and alway will.
But at least they used to do it under the table. This bunch just sleighs me
how they do it right out in the open and don't even attempt to hide it.
Laws (or suggested guidelines if you're a democrat) mean nothing anymore.
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