Obama Campaign Says Military Absentee Voting is Unconstitutional

In one of the toughest election seasons in American history, President Obama has perhaps just played the dirtiest card yet. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have now essentially declared that allowing extra time for military absentee voting “unfair,” even going so far as to utter the big “U” word: “unconstitutional.”

The absentee voting process in the state of Ohio mandates that voters turn in their absentee ballots by the Friday preceding the Tuesday election. Ohio’s current policy allows military and overseas citizens until Monday to get their ballots recorded, leaving them a three-day leeway period.

But according to President Obama, those three days allow an unfair advantage over the rest of the Ohio voting population. Now that he has the economy under control (intended sarcasm) he has time to file a suit against Ohio for its irrational, unjustifiable, and arbitrary voting policy.

What our constitutional professor president seems to misunderstand is the intent behind the provision. The three extra days granted to deployed troops were written in as an effort to give all Ohioans the equal opportunity to vote. It isn’t intended to give one group of people an unfair voting advantage, only more time to do so because of long distance obstacles.

The same party that stood by and did nothing while members of the New Black Panthers intimidated voters near downtown Philadelphia on Election Day in 2008 is now filing suit against 15 military groups to level the enfranchisement playing field, which is essentially how Obama senior advisor David Axelrod couched it.

But President Obama and the DNC are not the altruistic champions of suffrage they feign to be.

Ohio has 18 electoral votes and is a major swing state and as history shows, whoever wins Ohio may very well win the election. How does one better secure a re-election vote? If he can’t win the votes, he’ll be sure to diminish the opposing side’s chances to cast their ballots. The military vote (specifically among veterans) is expected to support for Gov. Mitt Romney by a 58 percent margin, according to a May Gallup poll, and military veterans have historically voted more Republican than Democratic.

We know about the ACORN voting fraud, the ties Obama has with that organization, and the recent controversy over the voter ID laws. What we may not have known was that he would stoop so low as to seek disenfranchisement of the very men and women who fought and died to give us the right to debate these very issues – and then vote on them.

Allowing our military 72 more hours to mail in their ballot gives them the chance to get their ballot shipped in from overseas. It does not give them more “rights” than civilian Ohio voters. What we see is a desperate presidential campaign eager to scrape up – by any means necessary – enough votes for victory on Nov. 6. He has apparently failed to see how legally attacking the very people who, by oath, swore to protect him was in fact an excellent way to do the exact opposite.

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  1. Hub says:

    It is incredible that these mean spiritied moron political animals get attention from the media. It is horrid to think our soldiers aren’t getting the best treatment possible. It is disgusting to watch the “career politicians” at their games. This is why our laws regarding public servants of all types and including judges will have to have laws for term limits, mandatory random drug testing, salary caps and random lie detector testing and a stringent vetting process.

  2. Fred Root says:

    You are so full of crap. The law already allowed early voting for everyone. The Republicans amended the law to take away early voting for everyone BUT the military. The military votes Republican. This is just an attempt my the Republicans in Ohio to gain political advantage in Ohio. When the Democrats call bullshit, the Republicans, as usual, drape themselves in the flag and call the Democrats unpatriotic. It’s typical Republican B.S.

    1. AFwife says:

      I hear what you are saying even though you pose it in an insulting manner. I understand that they are more concerned with who is being kept out of early voting rather than banning the military from it but you are obviously not military so I will explain to you why military is given this “privilege” so you may better understand. The “privilege” is given to military because they risk their lives everyday so people such as yourself are able to support your beliefs. Also, many of the military members are no longer in the states to which they are home to. Many are actually not in the country because they have sacrificed their freedom for yours. Please remember this when you are demanding that the military not get “special” treatment as you call it. I ask you why you are willing to give special treatment and entitlements to other groups – such as those who are unwilling to work – yet helping soldiers participate in the voting process and having a voice in elections is something appalling to you? Absentee voting helps to ensure that the military vote is counted by getting in on time due to the many different places their votes are coming from. As far as I’m concerned the military are not given enough for what they give. Try and have some respect please – I doubt you would be willing to sacrifice any part of yourself and do what they do so honorably.

      1. Jameson says:

        AFwife, clearly you have no idea what the issue really is here. Ohio already had early voting privileges for all citizens of that state. Republicans are trying to take away that privilege for some citizens in an attempt to sway Ohio votes in their favor. Democrats are simply trying to leave the early voting privileges as they are. This would not take away early voting for anyone, certainly not members of the military.

        By the way, before you berate me as a coward and anti-military as you did to Fred Root, please know that I served honorably in the US Army for 7 years. I have nothing but the best intentions for members of the armed forces, which is why I will vote for Presidents who try to keep troops safe, not send them off to fight in pointless wars. We took an oath to lay down our lives for this country if necessary, but why do Republican administrations always feel the need to make us prove it?

  3. Dave Mattern says:

    Wow. How low will he go? Dare we ask?

  4. Charles Griffin says:

    LOL! So the main article misleads and, well, lies about what went on in Ohio. So when someone posts the truth, AFwife responds by suggesting that even though the article is false the military should be able to vote earlier than everyone else because of who they are. Well, that explains why they should be allowed to vote early. It doesn’t explain why we should deny everyone else in Ohio the right they already had to vote early. This law was attempted by the GOP to give Romney some advantage because a lot of Democratic leaning voters do so early. And a majority of military voters lean Republican. It’s a much more blatant attempt at suppression than what the President is being accused of in this article. As a former 96B in the US Army, I can be reasonable about this. I don’t appreciate articles like this lying to me. I don’t appreciate writers like this insulting my intelligence. And I DO appreciate the current President signing into law the MOVE act in 2009. Look it up.

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