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Want to Protect Voting Rights? Screen Restrepo

Restrepo catalogs the valor and ingenuity of the American infantry soldier in Afghanistan. After a fierce firefight that costs the life of platoon medic Private Juan Restrepo, fifteen Army soldiers seize the high outcrop from whence the Taliban unleashed their ambush. Under starlight, they dig in and stake claim to this high perch in no-man’s land -- from whence they rain fire down on Islamic militants for the next year.

No computers. No fax machines. No time to relax at O.P. Restrepo. Firefights are almost a daily event. Here, ballots come by mail, if they come at all. And rough men standing ready in the night occupy so many other O.P. Restrepos. Their dust-choked and primitive existence renders pathetic and naïve their government’s reliance on computer technology to help them vote.

So when DOJ officials try to explain their half-hearted efforts to protect military voters, Congressmen should ask their witnesses “Have you seen Restrepo?” When you next hear someone suggest that an internet connection is the key to helping the military voter, ask, “Have you seen Restrepo?”

To the rest of America, if you want to experience the stark conditions and continuous dangers experienced by the heroes risking their lives for us, see Restrepo. You won’t tolerate the military voting mess of 2008 and 2010 ever again.