The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Disenfranchising the Military Voter

Bureaucratic bungling and political corruption and voter fraud have for decades pretty much defined the machinery of government in Cook County, Illinois. We've all heard the stories of high voter turnout among the residents of Cook County cemeteries. But now some officials in a number of Illinois counties have presumably taken an even lower path. It seems they are trying to ensure that in a time of war our fighting men and women will not be able to cast their votes in the upcoming election. Whether their actions are intentional or not is really irrelevant to those servicemen and women who are being disenfranchised. 

As a veteran and retired naval officer I am completely disgusted. In complete violation of federal law, upwards of 35 Illinois counties have apparently failed to send ballots to military voters in time for the November 2nd election. In Cook County alone some 2,600 military ballots may be affected. Not surprisingly this county's same election officials have hand-delivered ballots to the inmates of Cook County Jail, and the inmates didn't even have to apply for them. The officials simply took both applications and ballots to the jail. In an ironic twist, some 2,600 inmates actually voted. And so it seems the Cook County political machine would rather ensure the votes of convicted felons than those of the men and women who daily place their lives on the line for our nation.

It is a national disgrace. To read more, click here: Military Voters Ignored.

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