Sharp decline in number of 2012 military absentee ballots

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Although a majority of members of the US military –an estimated two-thirds — will need to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming November election, an alarmingly small percentage of military voters are requesting absentee ballots.

This is attributed to service members not getting the same voter-assistance and access that civilians receive through motor-vehicle offices and social-service agencies.

Below are excerpts from Kenric Ward’s article, “VA: Military absentee ballots going AWOL in 2012,”, September 6, 2012:

A 92% drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law.

With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down.

And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation.

Compiling data from Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada, Eversole’s organization found that military families have requested 55,510 absentee ballots so far this year. That’s a sharp decline from the 166,252 sought in those states in 2008.

The dropoff is ironic, considering that Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) in 2009 to help highly transient military voters obtain absentee ballots wherever they are stationed. […]

Eversole acknowledged that personal responsibility figures into the equation, but he said service members aren’t getting the same voter-assistance and access that civilians receive through motor-vehicle offices and social-service agencies.

“We’re not seeing the same level of emphasis [on military voting] that we saw four years ago,” Eversole told Virginia Watchdog.

The former Navy JAG Corps officer blames “the federal bureaucracy and a little bit of stubbornness by the Department of Defense. The buck stops at the Federal Voting Assistance Program.”

FVAP’s director, who reports to the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, left at the end of May, and the agency leadership has been in transition. […]

[Eversole] cited Air Force statistics from the second quarter of 2011 showing that the branch provided voter service at only seven of its 22 installations voting assistance offices. In the third quarter, the Air Force said only five service members received assistance from the offices.

“The Air Force is not alone,” Eversole said. “All of the branches provided very little voter-registration assistance.” […]

Call me a cynic, but I believe the federal government, i.e., the Department of Defense, hasn’t done what they’re supposed to in helping service members vote because the POS in the White House knows full well he doesn’t have support in the ranks, judging by a recent study showing that military veterans support Romney by double digits.

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0 responses to “Sharp decline in number of 2012 military absentee ballots

  1. !(*@^!(^$!@ MAN! GOD! ARRRRGGGHHH!!!!!

    They’re probably all freaking heart broken and demoralized that Ron Paul is out and the regime is exclusively enforcing Warmonger A versus Warmonger B!

    Come on guys… it’s not over yet! You can vote for Gary,

    he wants to BRING YOU HOME


    makes my eyes water just thinking about it —

  2. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this post. I agree with you completely, and the timing supports your conclusions, that this is no coincidence that voting assistance is not properly being provided to all of these military personnel. Obama and his defense department know that the military opposes him and that Romney will get their votes. This is sickening! I have been begging Our Lord to help our country, and praying to His Mother, Mary, for her intercession and for her to help us be victorious by electing Romney/Ryan. I will continue to beg for the help from the Church Triumphant, for we are up against such great evil in this administration that we must have Deistic intervention. Even the legislation that was passed is ignored!!!

    • I agree with what you said about the issue, however, your prayers should only be directed to the Lord Jesus Himself. Mary was a blessed woman, but praying to her is idolatry. Neither she, nor the saints can do anything and praying to them is a sin. You might as well be consulting a diviner. Please show where in the Holy Bible we are told to pray to Mary or anyone else? There is but one intercessor between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ.

      • Ferb,

        By your rebuke of Joan, you show yourself to be a rank Protestant bigot who knows NOTHING about the Catholic faith.

        Recall Jesus’ first miracle — changing water into wine — was because His mother asked Him to. When Catholics pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and the saints and Angels, we are asking them to intercede for us — just as the wedding hosts had asked Mary to ask her son to help with the wine shortage.

        I am the founder and owner of Fellowship of the Minds. I have NEVER EVER written ANYTHING derogatory about the beliefs of Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians and all non-Catholic Christians because I regard all Christians, of whatever denomination, to be my brothers and sisters in Christ. I even invited “sage_brush”, a self-described “non-denominational” Christian and Bible expert to write for FOTM. It turns out she is denominational — an Evangelical — who would tolerate no questions about her Bible posts, even less criticism. Behind my back, this woman whom I had invited, called Catholics “cannibals” and “satanic.” How do I know that? Because another former FOTM contributor, “Steve”, forwarded to me her email — in order to hurt me.

        I had treated both false friends with only love and respect. To Steve, I even gave a $1500 cash gift to show my appreciation, although I don’t get paid for my FOTM work nor does FOTM generate even a penny in revenue. (The ads you sometimes see are inserted by WordPress as a quid pro quo for hosting FOTM for free.) Needless to say, neither S nor S are now with FOTM, in case regular readers of FOTM wonder where they’ve gone. An interesting footnote: Both are fallen Catholics.

        I pity you, Ferb, for your bigotry, but you are not welcome on FOTM. The same goes for any and all who are anti-Catholic bigots. May Jesus the Christ have mercy on your soul.

      • Ditto to Dr. Eowyn’s excellent reply! The Church Triumphant is your family, which includes Our Lady, the Mother of God, the Angels and the Saints. When you ask someone on earth, a friend or a family member, to pray for you, they are also intercessors, asking something on your behalf. That same request of the Church Triumphant is identical to asking for people to pray for you on this earth.

        When we honor the Saints, we honor Christ Himself! St. Thomas More defended the Church’s definition of the Communion of Saints, the Church Triumphant. “We venerate the saints as God’s servants, as we would on earth welcome the servants of a great man we esteemed. If the goodness we bestow upon our poor brethren is considered by Christ as bestowed upon Himself, as He tells us (Mt 25:40), and if those, as He says, who welcome His apostles and disciples welcome Him (Mt. 10:40), assuredly those who honor the saints are likewise honoring Christ. Our Lord Himself showed that He would have His saints partake in His glory when He promised the apostles that they would be seated at His side on the final Day of Judgment (Mt. 19:28). Moreover, He promised that Martha’s sister, Mary (whom More identified as Mary Magdalen) would be honored throughout the world for her deed of anointing Him with ointment (Mt. 26:13).” As to our Church’s veneration of the saints, and our desire to request their advocacy on our behalf, as to whether or not the saints can either hear us or help us, St. Thomas More provides, “Yet how can we doubt whether they hear us? Their souls are not dead, and therefore as living souls the love and charity toward their fellowman that characterized them to this world cannot have diminished in the next. The closer one draws to heaven, the greater is his solicitude toward his brethren here on earth, as was the case with the martyr, Saint Stephen, who after seeing heaven opened, prayed for his enemnies who were stoning him (Acts 7:55-60). In view of this, is it conceivable that Saint Stephen would not pray for those who honor him on earth, now that he is in heaven?” And, the question is further posed, how can the saints in heaven help us? More reasoned that since “the saints were certainly able to assist others while on earth where their human nature was as weak as ours, surely they can do so in heaven.”

        We pray with the saints to God as they are our family! Again, we will not win this evil battle that is raging in this country and in the world without the help of the Church Triumphant! Catholics ask the saints and angels for their help, then, for the same reason they ask Christians on earth to pray for them and assist them in other ways: It has pleased God to make us interdependent as members of Christ’s Body (1 Cor. 12:12-27).

        I’ll give you some more Scriptural references. When the Jewish general Judas Maccabeus leads the resistance against the Greek occupation of their country, he tells his soldiers about “a dream, a kind of vision, worthy of belief” (2 Mc 15:11). In this vision, the general saw Onias, a former high priest who has died, “praying with outstretched arms for the whole Jewish community” (15:12). Then he saw “God’s prophet Jeremiah, who loves his breathren and fervently prays for his people and their holy city” (15:14). In part, through the assistance of these two Old Testament saints, the Jewish fighters win their battle.

        The angel Raphael tells the couple, Tobit and Sarah: “When you…prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord” (Tb 12:12). Then the angel reveals that God sent him to heal them in answer to their prayer (see 12:14).

        The New Testament displays similar scenes. Jesus’ parable of Lazarus the beggar (Lk 16:19-31) assumes that the deceased man is aware of those still living, is concerned with them, and wants to pray for them. In St. John’s Revelation, the Christian martyrs in heaven know what is happening on earth, and they pray to God to accomplish justice there. In addition, both the saints and the angels in heaven bring to God’s throne “the prayers of the holy ones” (Rv 6:9-11; 5:6-8; 8:3-4).

        In such passages, we find the saints and angels mediating before God for believers on earth, either interceding or otherwise assisting them. Does this contradict St. Paul’s statement that “there is…one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5)? No, because the apostle wasn’t excluding the participation of others in Christ’s mediating role.

        In fact, whenever Christians pray for one another, whether in heaven or on earth, they are doing just that. In a similar way, Jesus is the “chief” Shepherd of his flock (Jn 10:11-16; 1 Pt 5:4), yet he assigns lesser shepherds to take part in this ministry (Jn 21:15-17; Eph 4:11).

        Do you need anymore examples from the Bible, Ferb? I suggest that you become more familiar with the Holy Scriptures before you make ludicrous and vicious anti-Catholic comments. For remember, it was the Catholic Church who assembled the books of the Bible pursuant to the direction of the Holy Spirit.

        Source: The New Catholic Answer Bible-The New American Bible.


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