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Obama’s DoJ Cheats Military Voters (AGAIN)

By on 10.19.12 | 4:37PM

J. Christian Adams has the story:

But let’s start with our old friend Eric Holder. Sadly, multiple states failed to send military ballots by the September 22 deadline established by federal law. In the subsequent 26 days, his Justice Department filed precisely one lawsuit against offending states and counties to protect military voters.

Holder’s lone target? The hotly contested state of Vermont.

Federal law gives Eric Holder monopoly power to sue states or counties that fail to mail military ballots on time. Some, including the Military Voter Protection Project, want to give soldiers a right to sue, instead of just Eric Holder. A stuck-on-stupid policy in the DOJ Voting Section, where I used to work, refuses to sue the county election officials who are chiefly to blame for disenfranchising military voters. This dumb, stubborn policy means that the Justice Department only sues states — which have attorneys general with well-stocked offices of lawyers. Vermont, for example, is fiercely fighting Eric Holder’s lone lawsuit.

Others stuck in the civil justice wars of the 1990s oppose giving service members the right to sue. They prefer that only Washington bureaucrats have the power to protect military voters, because they don’t want to create a new federal tort.

But DOJ’s abdication of effective enforcement is so bad that Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sued her own counties to stop disenfranchisement, because the DOJ would not.

Meanwhile, multiple states have failed to mail military ballots on time, and Eric Holder doesn’t act.

But, as Adams demonstrates (and you'll just have to read this for yourself, and weep), the Pentagon is relying for its military voting outreach on social media sites that sometimes seem more interested in promoting... sex toys.

Amazing. And sickening.

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