Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2010]
This will stop 2,800,000 votes from being cast in the November election.
Military votes ... nearly all of which are anti-OBAMA.
THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE
THIS IS FRAUD
THIS IS CORRUPT
THIS IS OBAMA
SEND THIS TO ALL YOU KNOW
STOP OBAMA -- SAVE AMERICA
VOTE THESE BUMS OUT OF OFFICE
Origins: The gist of the
The portion of truth to be found here is the possibility that a relatively small number of overseas voters may not have received their absentee ballots for the November 2010 election before a federally mandated deadline. In response to ongoing issues with ballots cast by overseas military voters failing to be counted in U.S. elections, in 2009 Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, a law which requires states to take standard measures to ensure that absentee ballots are distributed to military personnel and other overseas voters in a timely manner so that
- Eliminates notarization requirements for overseas ballots in the states that still require them and relaxes certain registration rules imposed specifically on voters subject to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
- Requires all states to make voter registration and absentee ballot applications and general election information available electronically. The law also mandates that all states make a standardized federal
write-inabsentee ballot available online when official ballots do not arrive in time.
- Requires all states to mark a 45-day period for absentee ballots to be distributed to voters and returned.
Some state officials complain that switching from a traditional paper ballot system to an absentee voter-accommodating electronic
"I was extremely disappointed to learn that many states across the nation have failed to mail ballots to our troops, ultimately denying them a voice in this election," he said.
"Our brave men and women serving America's interests overseas should have their votes counted accurately and in a timely matter. When it comes to ensuring military votes, compliance is non-negotiable."
Sixteen states failed to meet the 45-day pre-election deadline, which is why Wilson and other lawmakers have called for an investigation.
Last updated: 31 October 2010
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