Then things really got bad. In the spring, the DOJ never provided the Pentagon waiver guidance despite the Pentagon’s repeated requests. And how many lawsuits did the DOJ file despite the multiple states that were facially out of compliance with too-late primary elections? Zero. The summer dribbled away with analysis, talk, and chatter instead of action.
Then things got even worse. After the September 18 mailing deadline, the DOJ was operating in a fog. Media reports found wholesale noncompliance with the mailing deadlines before the Justice Department did. And even when I broke the story on October 7 that Illinois didn’t mail the ballots in time, it took DOJ 13 days to finally enter a consent decree. It should have taken one day to sue.
And even the consent decrees were weak. In Illinois, the decree extended the mailing deadline a single day, even after ballots mailed two weeks late. The so-called out of court “agreements” the DOJ entered into with states like Alaska and Kansas were even more comic. They weren’t even agreements in the legal sense. They were letters summarizing phone calls. The Alaska “agreement” states it is really a “proposal.” There are no mutual signatures. They are a joke. It is no wonder the DOJ hid them from the public by not including them either on their enforcement page or in the con job press releases written by the DOJ propaganda shop.
And the worst may be yet to come. Despite MOVE Act protections against tossing out military ballots, recounts and extended deadlines loom. Will it take days or weeks for the DOJ to detect non-compliance with laws against tossing the ballots for small errors? Will it take weeks to act again when they discover noncompliance?
With this history, it is no wonder that some on Capitol Hill are looking to rewrite the MOVE Act and write out the DOJ’s monopoly on enforcement. The best thing to protect military voters in 2012 would be to end Eric Holder’s central role in protecting military voters. You don’t deserve a job you can’t do.
The only place where military voting protection has improved is at the Pentagon’s FVAP shop. A moribund operation has been transformed under new leadership. The old leadership developed a reputation characterized by lavish international travel junkets instead of actual protection of military voters. In the summer, the Pentagon granted a few waivers from the MOVE Act they probably should not have granted, such as in New York. But even that bad decision had the DOJ’s fingerprints all over it, as the DOJ was in favor of the waiver.
PJ Media now calls on the people who have defended liberty all over the world to defend military voting. PJM wants your stories; your frustration; your examples of late ballots, missing ballots, DOJ unwillingness to help (and willingness to help), and problems with the system. This is what America is all about — a powerfully informed citizenry fixing problems with an inept government. Without your stories, nothing will improve in 2012. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.