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Kaine Administration Shuts Out Military Voters

By Greg L | 4 October 2009 | Patriotism, Virginia Politics | 36 Comments

Is this really how Virginia Democrats want to treat deployed military personnel?

The Virginia State Board of Elections argued in their most recent filing that they have no legal obligation to send out military absentee ballots in a timely manner. Restated, the State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. Restated again, the Democratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.

I am absolutely appalled.  Who in the hell does Kaine think earned and preserved the right for us to vote, anyways?

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  1. Love the U.S.A. said on 4 Oct 2009 at 4:25 pm:
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    I am sickened by this, as I am sickened by most politicians, especially Kaine. It goes to show everyone what democrats really think of our military. Men and women that are putting their lives on the line. They, more than anyone should be the first to be able to vote. I guess they don’t want to send the ballots out in a timely manner because our wonderful military personnel might vote republican since the dem’s hold them in such contempt.
    Where’s the media on this one?

  2. Bridget said on 4 Oct 2009 at 5:30 pm:
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    How many of you have already received glossy, oversized postcards from the Virginia Democrats urging that “if you are going to be away at college, traveling or out of town on Election Day, you need to request an absentee ballot to help us continue to move Virginia forward.”

    I have received several. Dems apparently had no problem getting their “We Need Your Help!” cards mailed out on time.

  3. NotMoonHowler said on 4 Oct 2009 at 6:49 pm:
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    This is HORRIBLE and UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!
    We need to get this out to the media - and FAST!!!!

  4. Bridget said on 4 Oct 2009 at 7:12 pm:
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    “Virginia Argues That They Don’t Need To Send Out Military Absentee Ballots In Time To Vote”

    “Last year, we covered some of the problems in the counting of military absentee ballots in Virginia, as did others. This problem has not gone away. It has just moved. The day before election day 2008, the McCain campaign filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia to force Virginia to count military absentee ballots that came in after election day. McCain lost Virginia by more than enough votes, but the case went on with the Department of Justice replacing the McCain campaign.There were filings last month and will likely be a hearing this month. So what?

    The Virginia State Board of Elections argued in their most recent filing that they have no legal obligation to send out military absentee ballots in a timely manner. Restated, the State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. Restated again, theDemocratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.

    Really. Read on for details.”


  5. NoVA Scout said on 4 Oct 2009 at 8:57 pm:
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    OK, folks. time for a deep breath. Is the position of the individual defendants on this motion any different from the position of the Commonwealth of Virginia? If not, is the position of the Commonwealth not advanced by the Attorney General’s office, and is not the AG a Republican who is the lineal descendant of Bob McDonnell? Is it possible that there is no partisan divide on this issue within the state government?

  6. Slick said on 4 Oct 2009 at 9:25 pm:
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    Why would this surprise anyone? Democrats hate the military or in Slick willie’s own words, they “loathe” it. They make every attempt to give illegals the vote but spit on our soldiers at war and erect hurdles at every turn for them when it comes to voting.

    President Erkel promised us the porkulus bill (political cronies payback bill) would save the economy and unemployment would not exceed 8%. It is now at 9.8% and rising.

    Erkel lied, the economy died!

  7. Citizenofmanassas said on 4 Oct 2009 at 9:35 pm:
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    Stop making excuses for your fellow libs. They and you love illegals more, in fact you libs hate the military because it’s an example of how strong America is. You and your fellow libs want a weak America, and therefore, need a weak military. Three years ago you libs said it was Afghanistan that needed to be focused on, that it was the real war. now, y’all want to tuck tail and run. Typical yellow belly anti-American libs.

  8. NoVA Scout said on 5 Oct 2009 at 7:20 am:
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    Having a relevance crisis, CoM? My question is whether the reported position of the individual defendants in the suit is congruent with the Commonwealth’s. I’m having a bit of a problem linking that inquiry to your 2135 comment. I assume you are also. I also assume you have a helluva a bad headache this morning, so I’ll tiptoe and speak very softly.

    If you want to open another subject (or several other subjects, as best I can make out from your meandering comment), I’ll oblige you quickly to this extent: 1. I’m a conservative Republican, particularly on issues related to national defense, foreign policy and international trade. 2. I favor a strong America anchored on a top-flight military. 3. I favor positive action on General McChrystal’s report and believe the risks of allowing Afghanistan to revert to Taliban control outweigh, at least on current evidence, the assumed domestic political benefits of disengagement there.

    Not sure what “illegals” have to do with it, but when you sleep off whatever had your brain so addled last night, you might try again.

    Now go back, read the post, read my 2057 comment, and please try to focus. This is a somewhat public forum and we don’t want you embarrassing yourself again.

  9. citizenofmanassas said on 5 Oct 2009 at 7:54 am:
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    The only one that has embarrassed themselves between you and me on this blog is you. You’ve attempted to say you are against illegals, but then back away from that position, then of course change again when it suits your needs.

    Now, on to the topic at hand. You know full well the Dems, not just here in Virginia, but in Florida during the 2000 and 2004 elections attempted to not have overseas military votes counted. In general over the last 40 years, the Dems have turned into the ant-military party, from their total disrespect of the services, to making public statements stating the war in Iraq was lost of course before it was over. Now, put yourself in the shoes of a service member fighting in Iraq, and tell me how you would feel after hearing such a statement? Those statements were not made by some low level local lib, but by the Senate majority leader. There are of course other examples, but I think you get my point.

    If you want to defend what VA is doing fine, but don’t be surprised when you get labeled as an anti-military lib.

  10. ... said on 5 Oct 2009 at 9:35 am:
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    Nova has an uncanny ability to be intentionally obtuse when he believes it would stir the pot.

  11. Citizen12 said on 5 Oct 2009 at 10:50 am:
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    I am not a legal expert but I don’t know how they could argue this if the following is correct.

    Code of Virginia

    Title 24.2 - ELECTIONS.

    Chapter 7 - Absentee Voting

    § 24.2-706. Duty of general registrar and electoral board on receipt of application; statement of voter

    “If the application has been properly completed and signed and the applicant is a registered voter of the precinct in which he offers to vote, the electoral board shall within three business days of receiving an application for an absentee ballot, or as soon thereafter as is reasonably possible, send to the applicant by mail, obtaining a certificate of mailing, or deliver to him in person in the office of the secretary or registrar, the following items and nothing else: …..


  12. Ayn Rand was Right! said on 5 Oct 2009 at 11:02 am:
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    When will people realize that the Democrat party of today, controled by America-Hating lefties is out to destroy this country. Their plan is to remake it into some socialist utopia, where illegal aliens get to reap the benefits of tax-payer funded programs, illegally register and vote in elections, since their identities cannot be verfied, vote in said elections to keep the gravy-train rolling, and keep these commies in power. Meanwhile, they wish to supress the vote of those who value freedom, the military, the very ones who sacrafice THEIR freedom, to protect ours. This is an outrage. We should all be outraged! Get out there and vote. Work for those candidates who will stand up to the Democommies. Let’s take back our country. LET’S ROLL!

  13. NoVA Scout said on 5 Oct 2009 at 12:29 pm:
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    CoM: from Greg’s post, it seemed like this involved a lawsuit by the federal government (now in Democrat hands, by the way, in case this event got by you) against the Commonwealth of Virginia and its election board, as well as individual election board officials. I think if you had read my comment before you had your outburst, you would have found that I took no position on whether the state or the federal government has the better of the argument. My point was to inquire whether the Commonwealth took the same position as the Board of Elections or the individual defendants. My supposition is that they do, but I don’t know. The reason this is important is that Greg’s headline implies that this is Kaine-driven, but, in fact, there may be a substantive legal reason under state law that the Board is adhering to the position that it is espousing. If the Commonwealth’s position is the same as the individual position described in the post, the the AG’s office has endorsed it, and that office is well within the grip of “conservative” (whatever the hell that means these days) Republicans. Knowing more about this would give us a clear view of whether there may be a legal position that is non-partisan. Greg has a habit of fairly garish marquees on his posts that, when you look behind them, are less frightening than he implies. I just try to tidy up and help out a bit by getting folks to read more critically. I do this as a service to the community and to Greg.

    As for the topic you’re persisting in trying to inject into this thread, I know a lot of folks who served in Iraq and have gotten a wide-ranging spectrum of assessments from them on the wisdom and utility of that conflict. From my own conservative perspective, one pretty well steeped in military history and policy, I thought Iraq was a huge mistake that hurt our military, perhaps for years to come, and an action that substantially gave aid and comfort to enemies of the United States. As a conservative, I have to oppose things that harm the military and the security of the United States. I don’t think that kind of position is anything other than one that protects and honors those who serve.

  14. NLH said on 5 Oct 2009 at 12:38 pm:
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    We all can agree that this is a political problem. We don’t have to point fingers or suggest that this occured under someones watch. This has been going on for a long time now. I had discussed this with Sen. John Warner and he was aware of what had been going on but as we all can see, still nothing much has been done to improve this problem. If anything, it has gotten worse. The military that are out-of-country should not have to wonder when they vote by absentee if it will be counted. Until those that presently have the power or the necessary votes to continue to allow this misjustice to occur, then we all need to bring this into the light of day and work very hard to get rid of these people that continue to dishonor the military in this way. Write, call, email, face book, twitter your delegates and representatives in congress. You have the power to make things happen you just have to stand up and voice you opinion. I already have.

  15. NoVA Scout said on 5 Oct 2009 at 12:54 pm:
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    PS, CoM: I can’t begin to figure out what immigration policy has to do with this, but since you keep raising it, I have consistently opposed illegal immigration. I don’t think I have ever said I am “against illegals”. I have no idea what that phrase means or how it could have any relevance to immigration policy issues. I assume no one is “against” the individuals. What we oppose is current federal immigration policy that does not control our security interests at the borders, that discourages lawful entry, that distorts free markets in labor and capital, and that has created a large black market, off-book underclass in the United States, much to the detriment of communities, the illegal immigrants , and, ultimately, to the nation itself.

  16. citizenofmanassas said on 5 Oct 2009 at 9:25 pm:
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    Remind me not to hop in a fox hole with you anytime soon. While the reason for going to war might have turned out to be suspect, that is no reason to insult our military hope for the worst, and declare the war is lost, as many libs did. I hope you are able to make that distinction.
    I’ve met many Veterans too, but I’m not going to question them about their service or mission they completed. I hope you are able to make that distinction.

    You say you are a conservative, but then state whatever that means today. In other words, you change your opinion daily on any number of issues. First you are for illegal immigration, then you are against it. You know exactly what and who illegals are.

    We have plenty of lawful entry at the border. That is why the lines heading north are much longer than the lines heading South.

  17. NoVA Scout said on 5 Oct 2009 at 10:07 pm:
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    Oh, I’ve never wavered in my opposition to illegal immigration, CoM, and my concept of conservatism was formed in the early 1960s and has been very serviceable over time. Our current immigration system is totally unresponsive to economic and national security realities across the entire economic spectrum, from temporary agricultural workers to computer scientists and doctors. It is an administrative nightmare that encourages evasion and avoidance. Other countries are winning the contest for immigrants and we are much the poorer for it. What we end up with are the illegals and their underground society. It is inexcusable that we tolerate such a situation and it is harmful to the interests of the United States that our politicians are incapable of making necessary changes.

    Are you having any success with getting back on the subject of the original post?

  18. ... said on 6 Oct 2009 at 12:05 am:
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    It appears to me that our current immigration system is geared towards an oversupply of unskilled workers, as evidenced by any 7-11 parking lot in the area.

  19. NoVA Scout said on 6 Oct 2009 at 4:55 am:
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    That, indeed, is its effect, . . . said. And the unskilled workers we get have a very substantial component of uninspected entrants. We need immigrants in all sectors of the economic spectrum. We need unskilled seasonal laborers, we need physicists, we need brain surgeons. The present system ensures that we don’t get much of what we need and we get a lot of what we don’t. Only intelligent, comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level will fix this.

    Now, have we cleared up whether the AG’s office is supporting the position of the individual defendants in the US suit against the Board of Elections?

  20. Greg L said on 6 Oct 2009 at 10:52 am:
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    Ken Cuccinelli, as usual, seems to be on top of this:

    Cuccinelli to Push for Changes In Military Absentee Voting Laws

    Efforts require uniformity - some registrars don’t mail ballots to active duty service members in time for them to vote

    FAIRFAX, VA — Ken Cuccinelli today reiterated his support to enact legislation in January that would require all registrars in the Commonwealth to keep to strict timelines for the mailing and processing of active duty military absentee ballots.

    “There is an immediate need to address issues related to active duty service members and whether their votes are being counted” said State Senator Ken Cuccinelli. “In last year’s Presidential election, several counties in the Commonwealth mailed ballots to active duty service members so late that there was no practical way that the ballots would be returned on time to be counted. This effective denial of the right to vote of those who are defending us around the world must end,” said Cuccinelli. “As Virginia’s next Attorney General, I will lead the push put legal structures in place to ensure Virginia’s military men and women that their votes will count in every election.”

    As recently as last month, the Kaine Administration, in a legal brief in the McCain-Palin vs. Virginia State Board of Elections (Cunningham) filed in the Eastern District of Virginia (http://www.cuccinelli.com/memo.pdf), amazingly argued that because there is no statutory timeframe in place under federal law, they could mail absentee ballots to active duty service members right up to the day before an election. Of course, with the turnaround time in the mail for such ballots, those ballots would never be returned in time to be counted, thereby denying those military members the right to vote.

    “Rather than seeking immediate reliefto ensure that active duty military members have their votes counted, the Kaine Administration is making a technical legal argument that, if true, would still leave military members without a practical opportunity to vote” added Cuccinelli. “It’s just unbelievable to me that theGovernor of Virginia, who is also the Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, would place such a low priority on the voting rights of active duty military members. This is a mindset that will change should I be elected Attorney General,” concluded Cuccinelli.

    Senator Cuccinelli pointed out that ensuring the rights of our military members to vote was point five of his five point plan to better equip Virginia to provide for our Veterans and active duty military members. To review that plan, jointly presented with Paul Galanti, Roger Sullivan, and Joe McCain, click here: http://www.Cuccinelli.com/press_veterans.htm.

  21. Bridget said on 6 Oct 2009 at 11:44 am:
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    “Other countries are winning the contest for immigrants and we are much the poorer for it.”

    Another side to that argument is that many countries, many being the least developed nations, are losing the contest for their citizens via brain drain and are much poorer for it.



    NS omits that importing skilled labor is also a real cheap way to cut out American trained engineers, doctors and other technical types.

    NS omits mentioning that as much as we in the states need people of a high skill level in a wide variety of technical, medical and scientific fields - So do the nations from which we might draw them away from.

    NS omits any concern for our native born college graduates - who are displaced and suffer lost wages due to competition with immigrants with similar education levels.


    Can you imagine a brainy kid - one with the potential to survive the rigors of medical school and become a brain surgeon - in a far off land, concerned that their government immigration policies might make it possible for a foreigner to take their place?

    As my children are now much closer to adulthood than infancy, they, along with their many friends naturally talk about education and career choices…attempt to answer the age old question of “what will you be when you grow up?’ That heavy conversation must now include the many fields of study and potential career choices that could someday be handed over to a foreign import. Should an American kid invest in becoming a physicist if down the line his government will allow the import of a cheaper replacement.


    “African countries continually lose a significant number of trained nationals, who decide to emigrate and live abroad in search of higher incomes and a better standard of living, among a host of other reasons. Between 1974 and 1985, for example, an average of 12,146 technical and professional personnel per year (computed from data collected by Logan ) were admitted to the United States from various countries in Africa. Between 1993 and 1995, the United States admitted 32,317 of the continent’s skilled human re-sources. And, according to the World Bank Group, nearly 70,000 qualified Africans leave their home countries every year to work in industrialized nations.
    Clearly, this is a significant loss to a continent that is in dire need of skilled professionals to facilitate and expedite the process of socio-economic development. Without large pools of such pro-fessionals, African countries are not likely to attain meaningful le-vels of economic growth, development and competitiveness.
    In this discussion, an attempt is made to discern the causes, ad-verse effects and positive side of the emigration of Africa’s techni-cal and professional personnel, and to suggest viable ways and means of addressing the cancerous problem.”

  22. Bridget said on 6 Oct 2009 at 12:05 pm:
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    Congress’ H-1b program is displacing daughter of Programmers Guild president out of the job market


  23. citizenofmanassas said on 6 Oct 2009 at 12:07 pm:
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    Nice dodge on the “original” topic. You either have to call out the Dems for their treatment of our military, or you as I said in the my first post, are a Dem and just want to ignore having to provide the answer. I asked, if you can tell the difference and admit there is a difference between supporting the troops and realizing the Iraq war might not have been started for the best of reasons.

    Can you tell us how many legal immigrants enter our Country each year? Please give us a static number of legal immigrants you would support entering the Nation. With the unemployment rate toward 10% does that have any impact on your opinion of illegal or legal immigration?

    You seem to think by passing immigration reform it somehow end the need to have border control, and an end to illegal immigration.

  24. Bridget said on 6 Oct 2009 at 12:42 pm:
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    NS states that he is “not sure what illegals have to do with it”. Please.





  25. NoVA Scout said on 6 Oct 2009 at 9:40 pm:
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    Ok Bridget: I admit I’m having trouble linking the immigration issue to the post about the lawsuit by the United States against Virginia’s absentee voting procedures. The post recounts a lawsuit (Greg thinks this is Tim Kaine at his nefarious nadir - I’m having trouble following that too because I can’t see that there is any lack of enthusiasm for Virginia’s legal position by the Republican AG) about procedures for overseas military personnel casting ballots. Are the overseas military personnel illegal aliens? Are the Virginia policies under attack designed to assist illegal aliens? I really, sincerely, genuinely don’t see the connection between the post and illegal aliens. Probably just me being thick. But I looked at your links and they don’t seem to have much to do with the lawsuit either. I’m beginning to think that Greg could put up a post about the autumn colors and half of you would see it as an immigration issue.

    CoM - I’m also beginning to think your problem is that you don’t read very well. I can’t come up with any other explanation. By all means, we support the troops. And of course anyone can support the troops and criticize the decision to go to war in Iraq. What’s the issue there? Even the liberal Democrats are taking pains to say that before they launch their attacks on policy. Whether they are sincere is another matter, but it is a great contrast to the days of my early adulthood and the Viet Nam debate, when, in some circles, military service was a kind of stigma.

    You ask about border control. Again, I think you just don’t read well. Immigration reform in this age includes measures that give us better control of the borders. This is a national security issue that needs attention even if there were not an illegal immigration issue. So I simply don’t follow your last comment.

    In a sensible immigration policy context, upswings in domestic unemployment would simply mean that there would be fewer jobs to attract foreign workers. So the answer to your query is that higher unemployment rates will impact immigration. I think that is just common sense. We have seen this happening over the past year or so. At the high skill end, particularly in the sciences and medicine, where we are very deficient, there probably will be a need under any economic conditions for the foreseeable future. Recession economics impacts the low-end need more. Liberals like you tend to see immigration through protectionist economic lenses. We conservatives understand that the best economic result, and the result that consequently strengthens economic outcomes in the overall interests of the nation is that which admits to as few impediments to the free flow of capital and labor as possible. Such a system stimulates quicker recovery and sustains economic vitality. Of course, it goes without saying that the more other nations adopt similar policies, the better off everyone will be.

    You can look up the number of legal immigrants on-line. I don’t have to do that for you (I hope). I don’t have a specific numerical limit in mind on numbers of legal immigrants. I don’t think it makes much sense to try to derive such a number. It probably makes more sense to examine the need sector by sector.

    Now, having indulged you and Bridget (my patience is boundless), let’s get back to the topic at hand. Do you think that the lawsuit in the post reflects Tim Kaine consciously wanting to disadvantage US men and women in uniform deployed overseas for partisan political advantage? Or, is it possible that there is a non=partisan explanation for the action of the state and that the non-partisan nature is reflected in the fact that the position of the individual defendants is congruent with the position of the Commonwealth and the Elections Board? Is it possible that the position of the Commonwealth really does not reflect anti-military bias by Mr. Kaine, but instead reflects an internal consensus arrived at between the Board of Elections and the AG’s office that the procedures under attack can be defended? Do you think Senator Cuccinelli’s expressed horror at the situation is sincere, or election year dramatics? Or none of the above? Or all of the above?

    I hope that helps.

  26. Anonymous said on 6 Oct 2009 at 11:30 pm:
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    … said on 6 Oct 2009 at 12:05 am: Flag comment

    It appears to me that our current immigration system is geared towards an oversupply of unskilled workers, as evidenced by any 7-11 parking lot in the area.

    Hmmmmm! And I though that they were all construction engineers and landscape designers. Oh me!

  27. Anonymous said on 6 Oct 2009 at 11:43 pm:
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    Thought of the day………

    Do you ever wonder why the Mexicans and Central Americans head north instead of south in their desire to “provide for their families?” Hmmmmmm!
    Wouldn’t they be better off going south where language is not a barrier and they are closer to their own social groups? Maybe it’s due to the fact that the South American countries CONTROL their borders and keep out uneducated and unskilled labor.

  28. Bridget said on 7 Oct 2009 at 5:34 am:
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    Dems will make any effort to disenfranchise the military voters - voter obstruction for military is an A-OK tactic - while simultaneously squawking about the injustice of felons and aliens being discriminated against, under served, underrepresented and disenfranchised.

    Dems are actively pursuing the vote for and from convicted felons and foreign nationals.


    I do think it’s somewhat disingenuous for anyone in the GOP from any state to express shock or surprise over tactic that has been utilized over and over again. As poster Fiberal stated here:

    “This is a state republican leadership problem.

    Everyone knows democrats will disenfranchise the military. And in VA everyone knows what scumbags the left are– and the left knows they themselves are scumbags.
    This is the responsibility of VA republican legislators to clean this up by playing the democrat’s game better— with a flood of rabid attorneys and going ballistic on the dumocraps 4-5 times an hour.

    Seriously, if the republicans had any kind of back bone at all, knowing what happened in FL, they would never have let it get this far.”



  29. NoVA Scout said on 7 Oct 2009 at 7:37 am:
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    Bridget - what is the position of the Republican AG’s office in this litigation?

    Anon 2343, the obvious reason that immigration (legal or illegal) occurs in any direction (in Europe in the late 20th century it was East-West, as well as South-North) is because there is a disparity of economic conditions in a given direction. I would have thought that quite clear. Do you have a different theory? A low-skilled Mexican from Chiapas is not going to bestir himself to run off to Honduras, I wouldn’t think, no matter how tight or lax border controls might be. If you were without a job you would not go to an area with similar economic conditions to the one where you were having troubles. You’d go to where you could do better. The direction is meaningless. It is the disparity of economic conditions that drives immigration.

  30. Bridget said on 7 Oct 2009 at 5:30 pm:
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    NoVa Scout asked:

    Bridget - what is the position of the Republican AG’s office in this litigation?

    What’s stopping you from contacting his office to find out for yourself.

  31. NoVA Scout said on 8 Oct 2009 at 4:39 am:
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    I thought you would gain more from the experience if you did it yourself. You’re one of the folks who thinks Greg’s post should be taken at face value. I’m not. You’re the one who has allowed yourself to get upset by this, I’m not. If you tracked it back and got the facts, it would provide with an analytical approach by which, in the future, you could avoid getting worked up by misleading posts. And you’ll be saying, “that Scout, what a great guy. He really took the time to help me out of being an easily manipulated, uninformed reader of blogs.” If I just do it for you, you’ll not have the epiphinal joy of the Eureka moment when you say “Now I get it! I so misunderstood this situation until I checked it out.”

    I try to help the best I can, but if I do all the work for everyone around here, you’ll never improve yourselves.

  32. citizenofmanassas said on 8 Oct 2009 at 11:43 am:
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    Another one bites the dust. I love picking you libs apart piece by piece. You don’t need to write paragraphs in response to my questions. But, you need to in order to muddy the water in hopes of not being pinned down. You basically want an unlimited number of illegals to come into the Nation. That, my son, is the position of obama and the libs. They are once again gearing up to push amnesty onto the Country, when we have 10% plus unemployment. Nice that you support policies that hurt Americans, but I guess that the lib in you.

  33. Bridget said on 8 Oct 2009 at 11:02 pm:
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    Here ya go, Pat.


    What can I say, Nova Scout. How about … Train Wreck.

    One needy, grim train wreck of an egomaniac on display. How do you like them apples.

    Nothing more boring than someone expecting affirmative attention wherever he goes. Who is obnoxious, patronizing, condescending, presumptuous, incoherent, uncreative, and has a massive ego. Nothing more pointless than an anonymous blogger saying “Don’t blindly follow a blog! I’m the blogger you need to follow! Follow me - take me at face value! And I’ll set you free!” Pathetic.

    My life, pursuits, investigations, obligations etc. span well beyond the one dimensional limits of this (or any other) blog - the same can surely be said for the blogs proprietor and readership.

    Generally enjoy reading your posts - you raise some interesting points worthy of consideration and debate. But Holy Smokes, that is one ugly case of ego bloat you’ve got going there and I am wholly unqualified to help free you from your impediment. The good news; there is professional help available. I don’t know you from a can of paint, but all too often you simply come off more like a pompous, supercilious, self-important, blowhard know-it-all than anything else.

    The time sensitive topic at hand - of denying those eligible voters who serve in the U.S. military their voting rights - is utterly unacceptable as well as preventable. And that goes for whomever is playing political cat and mouse games regarding this issue.

    I’ve contacted the AG’s office - ongoing case - no comment at this time - gave them my contact info.

    Perhaps you will have better luck.

  34. NoVA Scout said on 11 Oct 2009 at 8:02 am:
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    Way to make it about the substance of the issue, and not the personality of the commenter, Bridget.
    As for me, it’s too late for professional help, but you concern is appreciated. I’m an old guy and virtually have one foot in the grave. However, I am in the market for a grave stone big enough to describe all my accomplishments and do justice to my pompous, supercilious, self-important, know-it-all impact on the world. I was thinking a drive-in movie screen might be about right. Let me know if you know of any abandoned drive-ins where I could pick one up.

  35. Bridget said on 17 Oct 2009 at 10:55 am:
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    Many thanks go to DPortM for posting this up on the open thread … excellent news indeed:

    DPortM said on 17 Oct 2009 at 5:37 am:

    Excellent news….

    A federal judge ruled Friday that Virginia violated the voting rights of military service members and other Americans living overseas when electoral officials failed to send them ballots for last year’s presidential election on time….


  36. Greg L said on 18 Oct 2009 at 1:06 pm:
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    This press release from Ken Cuccinelli does pretty well at laying out the issues and the (obvious) reasons why the courts ruled against the Kaine Administration:

    Fairfax, VA - Senator Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for Attorney General, commended the decision by a federal judge that the Commonwealth of Virginia had violated the voting rights of thousands of Virginia military personnel and other overseas citizens under federal law.

    On Thursday, October 15, 2009, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams, sitting in Richmond, ruled in McCain-Palin vs. Virginia State Board of Elections that Virginia failed to mail more than 2,000 absentee ballots to military personnel and other overseas citizens in time for their votes to be counted in last November’s presidential election, thus violating their rights under federal law. The law in question is the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), which guarantees citizens living abroad the right to vote absentee. To remedy this violation of federal law, the Court ordered the Commonwealth to count all otherwise proper ballots received by the Commonwealth within 30 days after the election.

    “I am very pleased that Judge Williams has come to this decision,” Senator Cuccinelli stated. “It was a travesty that our military members were disenfranchised last November, and it is vitally important that we make sure this never happens again.” He continued, “Our military defends our nation and its’ citizenry, and it is the very least we can do to make sure that the voices of these brave men and women should be heard in our elections. As the next Attorney General, I will lead the push to put the legal structures in place to ensure Virginia’s military men and women that their votes will count in every election.”

    This is not the first time that Senator Cuccinelli has been involved with protecting the voting rights of these military personnel. On October 6, 2009, Cuccinelli criticized the Kaine Administration for filing a legal brief (see http://www.cuccinelli.com/memo.pdf) that amazingly argued that because there is no statutory timeframe in place under federal law, the Commonwealth could mail absentee ballots to active duty service members right up to the day before an election. Of course, with the turnaround time in the mail for such ballots, those ballots would never be returned in time to be counted, thereby denying those military personnel the right to vote. Judge Williams’ decision on the 15th largely confirmed Senator Cuccinelli’s position.

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