The Obama campaign’s lawsuit to expand early, in-person voting in Ohio for all voters back to the 2008 presidential election rules hit a snag when fraternal military groups opposed the lawsuit because of the claimed possible future impact a ruling in the case could have on military voting.
At that point, the Romney campaign jumped in — and Obama advisor David Axelrod was left defending the campaign’s lawsuit to Chris Wallace on Fox News on Sunday.
Captain Sam Wright, a retired members Navy Judge Advocate General Corps who heads the Reserve Officers’ Association’s Service Members Law Center, told BuzzFeed on Sunday, “It MUST be constitutional to make accommodations for military voters that are not made for voters generally.”
University of Florida law professor and former Air Force officer Diane Mazur emailed in to disagree.
Of the fraternal military groups opposing the Obama campaign’s lawsuit, Mazur tells BuzzFeed, “Their arguments are extremely misleading and also damaging to military professionalism.” She goes on:
The primary confusion is between in-person and absentee voting. There is a long history of accommodation for military and overseas voters to vote by absentee ballot, and this is settled. I am unaware, however, of any prior attempt by states or the federal government to grant extra voting privileges to service members voting in person, not absentee. … The news reports ought to make more clear that this is a giant leap beyond any other kind of military voting accommodation. If you follow the statements of the military groups and Republican representatives closely, you’ll see that they glide back and forth between references to absentee and in-person voting, realizing that their in-person arguments are without precedent, and without justification.
Of the Democrats’ response to the criticism of the lawsuit by the Romney campaign and the military groups, Mazur writes:
The Democrats are sputtering in their explanations, and not doing a very good job of it, because they are afraid of the accusation. They could be more clear about what is going on, but they have no confidence it will be understood.
The idea that service members are fuller citizens than the rest of America is a disaster for military professionalism. Making reckless allegations that civilians are trying to disenfranchise service members is one of the most destructive things you can do to the military. That’s another message that is being lost here. We have raised a generation of service members and veterans who completely believe the falsehood that some civilians don’t want them to vote, and our civil-military relations are worse for it.
- catamaransforsale Military Groups' Argument About... and thinks it’s Win & LOL
This lawsuit being brought against the state of Ohio is a setback for Military Voting Rights. Veterans and active duty military have been fighting to make it easy for active duty military to have greater access for voting due to various hardships placed on them while serving including availability of time due to deployment, receiving temporary orders, 24 hour base alert status, etc. Ohio has reached out to the military with its Military Ready to Vote Program making it easier for active military to register to vote, receive absentee ballots, as well as vote in person when possible. Ohio legislators also voted to provide an additional 3 days of early voting to make it easier for them to vote even while county poll workers are busy setting up and testing machines statewide for the Tuesday National election and counting. Ohio leads the way in making it easy for anyone to vote. Lets compare Ohio to neighboring state Michigan
: Ohio: Early voting begin for any registered Ohio voter September 28
Ohio: Early voting ends Nov 2. with the exception of military, which is extended for 3 additional days.
Ohio: Polls open election day Nov. 6 from 6:30 AM to 7:30PM
Ohio: Absentee Ballots restriction. Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot. No reason required. Michigan: There is no early voting for anyone.
Michigan: Polls open election day Nov. 6 from 7:00AM to 8:00PM
Michigan: Absentee ballots — As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot ONLY if you are: age 60 years old or older unable to vote without assistance at the polls expecting to be out of town on election day in jail awaiting arraignment or trial unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence. In Ohio, it is easier for every registered voter to vote. Easier than most states. Basically, the lawsuit is saying that military are not entitled to have an additional 3 days to vote in Ohio. Please stand with other military and veterans organizations and oppose this lawsuit. If the President had any balls, he would stand up as Commander-in-Chief and tell his campaign that this suit should be dropped and that he stands with the troops and that he is truly Commander-in-Chief.
- “[google query]” is a hot search term for this page
Desperate people to desperate things. Romney is devoid of the honesty gene. For him it is easier to lie and distort what President Obama said, rather than tell the truth. Romney ignores that fact that his lies and distortions always come back to slap him in the face.
- tomc19 thinks Military Groups' Argument About... is Trashy
- livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com readers just made Military Groups' Argument About... hotter
- Google Reader users are making Military Groups' Argument About... more viral
- Military Groups' Argument About... is starting to get hot on Twitter Tweet It