West countered that “this law gave the responsibility to your office to be able to make sure that that stuff happened.”

Rep. Scott said it was “borderline negligence” for the Pentagon not to set up the required IVAOs. “It sure seems to me that the DoD could do it if they wanted to.”

In mid-2010, the Pentagon excelled at getting lengthy surveys about President Obama’s pet issue, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” to 200,000 soldiers overseas, Scott said, but when it comes to military voting “the effort is certainly subpar.”

Scott’s onto something.

Six U.S. senators have asked the Pentagon to make a serious good-faith effort to protect the votes of military personnel. “The price of [the Department of Defense’s] failure to follow the law will likely be paid this November by military service members and their families, whose voting rights were to have been safeguarded by this provision,” according to the letter signed by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), and James Inhofe (R-Okla.).

The Obama administration has every reason to believe it can successfully disenfranchise  America’s fighting men and women.

In America, soldiers can’t talk back to their commander-in-chief.