President Barack Obama, along with many Democrats, likes to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces. Obama, in particular, enjoys being seen visiting troops and having photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?
I don’t know how many troops are affected by this suit. But for a party that constantly whines about disenfranchisement, their efforts to raise barriers to troops voting sure seems hypocritical to me.
Voting in the service is a pain. I was fortunate that I never had to vote while on deployment. But even in garrison, it is a hassle. Every unit has a voting assistance officer charged with assisting troops in procuring absentee ballots. But that’s an additional duty on top of their regular job (and often a gazillion other additional duties).
The challenge is time. Many municipalities don’t have the ballot fixed until a relatively short time before an election. It then takes time to generate those ballots and mail them out. And then it takes time to mail them back. More than once, I received my absentee ballot after the election. The only reason I returned a ballot was to ensure I stayed on the voter rolls.
It bothered me also that it was very, very difficult to obtain information on down ticket races. If you are voting absentee, and haven’t lived full time in your hometown for a decade, it’s pretty hard to have a good grasp on who you should vote for in a school board race or for the local water district.