EDITORIAL9-15-2010

EDITORIAL9-15-2010 - EDITORIAL Justice punts away military...

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EDITORIAL: Justice punts away military votes Attorney General Holder should badger Wisconsin for full compliance By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times 7:54 p.m., Monday, September 13, 2010 ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE In this Nov. 18, 2009 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The federal courts and military tribunals that will prosecute suspected terrorists vary sharply in their independence, public stature and use of evidence. But the Obama administration has so far offered no clear-cut rationale for how it chooses which system will try a detainee. The U.S. Justice Department 's Voting Rights Section has reached an agreement with the state of Wisconsin that is too weak to adequately protect military voters stationed overseas. The department should not get away with letting other states give short shrift to the voting rights of our armed forces. In 2008, a disturbing 38 percent - 2,125 out of 5,562 - of ballots requested by Wisconsin's overseas military personnel were either not returned on time, returned as undeliverable or rejected for reasons such as a lack of proper witness signature. It's possible that a soldier who went to the trouble of requesting a ballot might choose not to fill it out, but it's unlikely. More likely is that many of those voters received their ballots so late that they figured there was no way to return them on time to be counted, and thus they didn't bother trying. It was to combat a nationwide problem of would-be military votes going uncast or uncounted that Congress in 2009 passed the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), which requires states to mail absentee ballots to military personnel upon request at least 45 days in advance of the general
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