Update on Impeded Military Votes
follow-up report from Angel
11 Nov 2000
This scope of the problem surrounding members
of the U.S. armed forces not being provided access to this Presidential election
continues to expand.
This just came in from Florida:
The Navy's Officer Candidate School is in Pensacola, Florida. My friend -- currently an Officer Candidate
there -- could not vote. His division officer did not order the
absentee ballots for the Entire Division. This may perhaps be a
case of fraud. What my friend told me is that everybody was eager
to vote for Bush/Cheney. Maybe the division officer caught wind of
this and was not a supporter of the idea. Being in a position of
control, he did not order the absentee ballots in time.
Entire Division not being able to vote sounds
like a stretch to any sane person, but read on.
We have another confirmed report, this one
from a Staff Sergeant who lives in Florida, of having requested but not having
received his absentee ballot. No extra verbiage, just a filled out questionnaire
and his name, rank, current station and a question mark.
We also have our first reports in from a both
Missouri and Montana residents serving abroad. No ballot after asking for it,
would have voted for Bush, not happy campers.
Then there comes the issue of counting military
members' preliminary ballots as their votes for their candidate of choice. Have
you ever heard of a primary vote counting toward the final vote, as well? Me
either, and I don't know how that could even be logistically possible, but I
learn something new every day. Listen to what this Lieutenant with the
U.S. Navy has to say:
Sir/Ma'am, [I'm a man, for those who still
haven't heard my voice or seen me.]
I'm a LT in the USN currently stationed in
Misawa, Japan. My wife and I are registered Republican voters in
Escambia Co., FL, and we did vote for Gov. Bush via absentee ballots we
received at the beginning of October. However, our ballots stated that
they were only "preliminary ballots" and not "official
ballots." In the instructional letter we received we were told
that official ballots would be mailed in two weeks. The
letter also stated that if we did not return the official ballots postmarked
by the Nov 07 deadline, our preliminary ballots would stand as our vote in
the election. Although we did later receive the official ballots in
time to return them, we did not. I was deployed at that
time, therefore I instructed my wife not to return the second ballots
as she would have been forced to forge my signature.
Given current vote counting problems in the
state, I can now only hope that our preliminary votes did in fact get officially
counted by the county election officials. Obviously, as Florida
residents, this is a great matter of concern at this time. In
addition, being from Escambia County (a county with several major military
bases, and thousands of absentee military residents), I am fearful that many
of my brethren may have had similar issues, or may not have received the
second, official ballot in the mail at all. I respectfully request
that you investigate this issue of the preliminary ballots vs. official
ballots. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Anyone know about a primary vote counting for a
final vote, as well? If so, please send information to LostMilitaryVote@KeepAndBearArms.com.
And we have another Navyman from Broward County
who was told two weeks BEFORE the election that it was too late to send in his
absentee ballot. In his own words:
I am currently stationed in Connecticut. When
I inquired about my absentee ballot 2 weeks before the election, it was
reported to me that it was too late to submit my absentee ballot. I was, of
course, a BIT distressed by this. I found out (too late it seems) that as long
as the ballot is POSTMARKED by Election day, my vote would still count. My
voting officer, it seems, had some of what we folks call Bad gouge. My voting
district is Broward County Florida. I have been a registered voter there for
And yet another registered Republican from
California who was denied his vote. He says a mouthful and likely speaks
for many, many military members living abroad:
On October 23, 2000 I faxed my application for
an Absentee Ballot, requesting that my ballot be sent to Germany, to the San
Mateo County Registrar. I have confirmation that the fax went through. I also
surfed to the county's website.
I never got a response from that office. My suspicion has grown in the past few
days that there was really never an intention to send me a ballot, knowing I am
a registered Republican. I also know for a fact that many county public offices
throughout California are filled with minorities, especially Filipinos (I am a
Filipino-American), who are mostly Democrats. Did someone set aside my request
and ignore it? I hate to think that someone, who is strongly a liberal, would
have purposely done it.
I strongly believe that I was simply disenfranchised. I find this a perverse
molestation of the integrity of the ballot; of democracy. I know dirty politics
in the old country, and I regret it very much that such bad habits and practices
seem to have been brought over to America. I feel bad about it, because I have
always considered elections as the only way an ordinary citizen can express his
voice - practice democracy. Even if I am most of the time abroad, casting my
vote is one civic duty I do not forget to perform.
I am sad that I was denied to exercise my duty, like the thousands of military
personnel abroad similarly denied, as reported in the KABA
(KeepAndBearArms.com). Something is really wrong. This election has definitely
divided Americans. I would hate to see another "civil war."
So would we. But the snowball may already be
moving too fast. If the Socialists force Gore on us after he lost, whether it be
blamed on people not being able to use a
ballot little kids can use, or blame it on whatever else you please, Gore
Means War for a lot of people -- armed people. I have already received one
invitation to a meeting in one of the States Bush won -- a Provisional
Government meeting. I'm considering going, and I have already discussed with
leaders in three other states about similar movements in their states, as well.
Back to the Military Vote issue...
How does one track and identify responsible
parties regarding the postal screw-ups? Intentional or not, these two take
the cake. First:
I am an active duty Air Force Officer serving
in California. I registered to vote in Pennsylvania, (Montgomery
County) and sent my absentee request via certified mail. I received
notification of receipt at my California address, but never a ballot. I
called the election board in Norristown on the 2nd of November and was told
one had been sent. Upon further investigation, it was found that
the ballot was sent to another address because the address was 1 number off. The
other address doesn't exist. I called the post office to see if the
ballot was in a dead letter bin etc., and they where less then useless. I was
told I had no recourse if the ballot was not received by Tues the 7th of
November. I never got to vote for Gov. Bush.
If someone receives confirmation for a
certified letter, the postal service has the correct address. Who changed the
And as an added bonus, we have a military
serviceman and resident of Ohio who sent in his ballot on time, but that ballot
wasn't counted. This came directly from a man who works at a post office in
On 11-09-2000 at the Cincinnati Main Post
Office I found a absentee ballot from a Airman stationed at Hill Air Force
Base, Utah that had been missent to greater Cincinnati's Norwood Branch
45212-9998. The ballot was addressed to Supervisor of Elections, Elections
Department, P.O. Box 012241. Miami, Florida 33101-2241. Some
Democratic at the station hand stamped it, (Not Deliverable as Addressed, No
Forwarding Order on File, From Norwood Branch 45212.) At the USPS I am
surrounded by extremely verbal liberal democrats. They know that the 17th is
the deadline for these ballots to be counted. They also know that the
military mostly votes Republican. This was a stupid mistake, or, a
deliberate attempt at election fraud. Do to the fact that these ballots are
large and obviously clear because of the one inch printing on the front
saying Official Election Mail I do believe it is a attempt by a
democrat to deny one of our service members his right to vote. Democrats
will do anything they can at all walks of life to win a election.
Deliberately delaying the mail is a federal offense.
One gentleman urged us to change our Lost Military Votes Questionnaire by adding
one question: are you a registered Republican?
His thinking is that this would help determine
whether or not Republicans have been targeted. Considering the fact that
Demoncrats have been signing up illegal aliens and convicts and using cigarettes
to lure people into voting, and considering the fact that thousands of
Demoncrats in just one city can tell us that it is somehow someone else's fault
that they can't tell the difference between the word "Gore" and the
word "Buchanan," it's a fair question.
Finally, a letter from an American who serves
abroad in the armed forces, directed to the general public, as a way of
punctuating the fact that Gore wouldn't have had a chance to engage legal antics
-- if all military members had been given a chance to vote:
There has been a problem arising within the military about the fact that military members have not been able to vote! Some have been told that during basic training they can't have anything to do with the outside world (including voting). Others have not been given an absentee ballot after being told they would
definitely receive one. Many others have not been able to vote as well, when that's all they wanted to do. If the military was given ample time and information to vote in this presidential election between Bush and Gore, the election wouldn't be as close as it is right now. Gore would be in the background of this election. I can't even stress how many military members desired to vote, but did not get the chance. Some military members on the other hand did get to vote, but the majority was not given a chance. It boggles my mind when the military can support and defend the constitution, but it's members aren't given the chance to vote! Don't we have a say in who we think should be the next leader of our country? I'm not the only one that feels this way. There are thousands of military members that feel the same way about this matter as I do. It's very discouraging when we sacrifice our lives for this country, and we don't even get the
privilege or respect to vote for our president.
Amen, friend. Consider yourself saluted.