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  • Where is Michael Mukasey? (Part III)

    I have previously posted about the failure of the Justice Department and its Civil Rights Division to enforce the Help America Vote Act against the Wisconsin election board and the Ohio Secretary of State over their failure to verify the accuracy of voter registration forms. Today’s question is why is the Department not enforcing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act against the State of Virginia?

    The McCain Campaign has been forced to file suit under UOCAVA because of the failure of Virginia counties like Arlington to send out absentee ballots to military voters in time to be returned and counted. A marine stationed in Western Anbar Province, Iraq, for example, did not receive her ballot until October 29 even though she requested it in August, far too late to be mailed back by today’s deadline.

    In a hearing this afternoon, the McCain campaign is seeking an extension of time for receipt of overseas military absentee ballots until November 14. They should have also asked the federal court to force Virginia to send ballots by facsimile or email to any military personnel who have still not received their requested ballots and to force the state to pay for the cost of international express mail service for military personnel to be able to send those ballots back. The Department of Justice obtained exactly that kind of relief for the first time in 2004 against Georgia and Pennsylvania in UOCAVA lawsuits when I was still at the Department of Justice.

    While it is the McCain campaign that has filed suit, this is an issue that should also be of concern to the Obama campaign. There is no doubt that there are also Obama voters that are affected by this failure of Virginia election officials.

    The real question is this – why has the Civil Rights Division not acted to enforce the UOCAVA statute by suing the State of Virginia? The Division is charging with enforcing the UOCAVA statute and protecting the rights of all overseas voters, including particularly our military personnel who are putting their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once again, they are failing to act.

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    5 Responses to Where is Michael Mukasey? (Part III)

    1. Jeff Walker, Houston says:

      Sheesh, this is all you have left? Whining about imagined theft?

      If Conservatism isn't finished its only because of the stellar job conservatives have done spinning its failer and hiding its agenda from the electorat. Your god Reagan was asleep and sick and was a pathetic president, your policies have failed, you should be ashamed for the pain you have inflicted on us.

      Go Away, you clearly cant sway people with hate for gays, blacks, Muslims, and senior citizens anymore. All you have left is voodoo economics and some bizarre socialism u feel corporate America and the rich have earned by using our roads and infrastructure.

      Your philosophy is proven a total failure and now finally rejected. You and your ilk should have to pay me and my sons taxes for the mess you have left us.

      You are sad opportunist or the chumps they sway. Intelectuals couldnt believe the crap they have peddled, You now can write for the racist, superstitiously crowd. good luck with that and Sarah Palin 2012, they don't pay for much other than scripture and superstition.

    2. Charlie Schott, Tayl says:

      Shame on you, Mr. Walker for hypocrytically acting the part you claim to despise. It's obvious you're just another angry, America-hating, kool-aid-drinking, hate-filled, entitlement-minded fool suffering from the illusion that one man can not only make your life better, but is responsible for doing so. You and the rest of your uninformed, cookie-cutter, believe-whatever-the-tv-tells-me-to-believe, incapable-of-an-independent-thought sheeple can have Obama and all of his socialist policies. You and your hateful rhetoric are exactly what's wrong with America. You're the problem, not the solution.

      Democrat policies fail wherever they are tried–period. You cannot argue against that fact. Need proof (since you won't research facts yourself)? Check out Democratically-run Michigan. Check out Detroit. With all the Democrats in charge here, it should be utopia! Instead, we have the worst economy in the country, the highest unemployment rate, and a myriad of other "benefits" of voting Democrat. Thanks!

    3. Ellen, Indianapolis, says:

      Hello???? This is about depriving our Military of their right to vote. It's not about McCain or Obama being "better". You can complain that having to show a "free State ID card" to vote is designed to keep low income minorities from voting but, it's okay by you if the men and women who raised their right hand and promised to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" are deprived of the right we take for granted and that they have sworn to defend? I see that Tim Robbins got press due to his name being left off the polling register, what happend to the press about the hundreds or thousands of Military being denied the same right. Everyone, regardless of their political party affiliation should be demanding an answer as to why the votes of the military, for the second Presidential Election in a row, have been thrown in the trash uncounted – that is if they received a ballot in the first place.

      Think of someone else – let's be a solution – and not the same old "It's all about me and I'm right and you're wrong".

    4. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Mr. Walker, the question raised is about civil rights of people. especially those overseas protecting your freedom to vote. It is a disgrace that you can not separate politics and people's right to vote. I don't think it has anything to do about stealing election.

      As far as capitalism is concerned it works if you get rid of the government interference. Congress sponsored Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and then they were forced to lend money to people and organizations that can not pay back-poor risk. Where are the handcuffs on the corrupt politicians such as Dodd and Barney Frank who stood in the way of any reform of those two institutions? The two and our president-elect reportedly got hundreds of thousands of dollars from the two organizations? How about the Democrat Franklin Raines the ex-CEO of Fannie Mae who cooked the books and personally profited to the tune of $90 million?

      Now let us look at your "plunder and redistribute" economy. It has been a failure everywhere it was tried- USSR, PRC, Cuba, Eastern Europe before liberation, etc. etc. It will fail here too. In the next four years, your policies will produce double digit unemployment, high interest rate, insecurity at home, erosion of 401K and rise in poverty level- just like the Carter Administration was, only worse.

      So just keep believing that the government is going to take care of you- all the way to blackouts, gas lines, heaven forbid, food shortages.

    5. Freedom's Daugh says:

      Conservtism is a time-honored philosophy. People will always return to it, if they made the mistake of abandoning it. Ignorance and anger will not affect it. Too bad that a proper and intellectually compelling argument could not be presented for following the philosophy of socialism.

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