Former Ambassador Kenneth P. Moorefield, a deputy inspector general at the Department of Defense, found that the DoD hadn’t gotten around to establishing half of the IVAO facilities that are supposed to be in 229 overseas military installations.
In addition, the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.fvap.gov), which was created to help uniformed service members, their families, and U.S. citizens living outside the U.S., contained inaccurate information, he told the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel panel.
The FVAP website is so awful that it gave the wrong deadline for Wisconsin voters. As MacIver News Service reported, the website had indicated incorrectly that ballots had to be received in America’s Dairyland by November 16. In fact, Wisconsin-bound ballots must be received no later than November 9, the Friday after Election Day.
“Had this error not been corrected, thousands of Wisconsin servicemen and women could have been disenfranchised in this key swing state this November,” said MacIver.
Appearing before the subcommittee on September 13, Pam Mitchell, acting director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, brushed off the report. “I strongly believe that voting-assistance is the best that it has ever been,” she said.
Mitchell was vigorously cross-examined by Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.).
“So are we on the right track to get the intent of this law implemented before we have the sixth of November?” asked West.
“I mean, are we moving in the right direction? … I have friends and families who are starting to feel a little disenfranchised. That’s the truth about what they’re saying to me.”
Mitchell passed the buck, saying it was the responsibility of the various branches of the military to set up the IVAOs.