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Military Absentee Ballot Issues

For absentee voters voting season is fast approaching. The deployment of over 100,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan mean that the numbers of absentee ballots coming from military personnel overseas will be much higher they were in 2000.

Surely you remember that one of the dirtier political tricks of the Florida recount was staged by the Gore team - attempting to get military absentee ballots disqualified due to postmark problems. Fortunately a court ruled that signed and dated absentee ballots must be counted regardless of postmark issues.

From - Absentee ballots can make a difference[...] The Military Postal Service Agency is also taking precautions to uphold the integrity of the voting system. Each absentee envelope will be inspected by post office workers for proper date stamping.

"We believe this will diminish the problems we saw in 2000," said Tech. Sgt. Wes Smith, a postmaster here. "Incomplete and inappropriate postmarks, which plagued the last general election, will not be a problem this time."Keep that in mind if there are issues or challenges this year. Whether the issues highlighted by the 2000 election will be a problem this year could be a function of how close the race is.


Comments (6)

There were plenty of absent... (Below threshold)

There were plenty of absentee ballots that were never counted because the outcome would not have been changed for that state (i.e. California).

However, the whole "Gore won the popular vote" argument is b.s. because not every vote was in that tally. He may have still won, but it would have been by a LOT less than people would admit.

So you're saying Gore didn'... (Below threshold)
MuddleoftheRoad:

So you're saying Gore didn't win the popular vote? He beat George Bush by some 500,000 votes. What part of being ahead by 500,000 votes do you not understand? They counted the votes in every state. Gore had 500,000 more than Bush. That is a numerical fact that cannot be refuted. Even by twisted Freeper dumbass Bush-worshipping remedial Math taking revisionist history loving right-wad fools like yourself.

Ooh! Can we keep him!... (Below threshold)

Ooh! Can we keep him!

We set up simple website to... (Below threshold)
Brian:

We set up simple website to use Vote by Mail for all Americans abroad who have access to internet:

JustVote.org

Simple and Quick.

thanks

Brian

Overseas military an civili... (Below threshold)
Marina:

Overseas military an civilian voters: Although time is running out, it's still possible to register to vote in a few states. For a list and exact instructions see www.overseasvote2004.com. You can fill out the form online, print it, sign and mail in 5 minutes. It even prints the envelope with the your county registrar's address.

You registered but haven't gotten your ballot yet? Check the same site for information about federal write-in ballots. It's a good idea to use the FWABs because many states - see Pennsylvania - haven't gotten out their ballots on time or have had to change them because of court orders to place Ralph Nadar on their ballots.
Friends of mine everywhere have complained that the consulates don't answer their calls.
Try overseasvote2004.com; you'll get quite a bit of good, sound information fast.
It may not be too late! VOTE!

Overseas military an civili... (Below threshold)
Marina:

Overseas military an civilian voters: Although time is running out, it's still possible to register to vote in a few states. For a list and exact instructions see www.overseasvote2004.com. You can fill out the form online, print it, sign and mail in 5 minutes. It even prints the envelope with the your county registrar's address.

You registered but haven't gotten your ballot yet? Check the same site for information about federal write-in ballots. It's a good idea to use the FWABs because many states - see Pennsylvania - haven't gotten out their ballots on time or have had to change them because of court orders to place Ralph Nadar on their ballots.
Friends of mine everywhere have complained that the consulates don't answer their calls.
Try overseasvote2004.com; you'll get quite a bit of good, sound information fast.
It may not be too late! VOTE!




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