DOJ Undermines Pentagon, Allows Wisconsin To Ignore Military Voting Protections

Published Fri, Sep 10 2010 3:09 PM

Well, the Holder Department of Justice is at it again.  After it was reported that the DOJ was encouraging states to apply for a waiver from the requirements of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, it appears DOJ is continuing to assist states in skirting statutorily mandated provisions aimed at ensuring that the votes of our Military members are counted.  Today, the Holder DOJ struck a deal with the State of Wisconsin, allowing it to mail ballots to overseas military voters only 32 days before Election Day, instead of the statutorily mandated 45 days.  This comes after the Pentagon denied Wisconsin’s application for a waiver from the 45-day requirement.  “The states granted waivers presented thorough and comprehensive plans to protect the voting opportunities for military and overseas voters,” Bob Carey, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, said in a statement. 

DOJ Whistleblower and RNLA Member, J. Christian Adams wrote: “Wisconsin’s waiver application didn’t even come close to compliance with the MOVE Act. They wanted to send ballots only 29 days before the election. The folks at the Pentagon rightfully denied the waiver request.” 

Adams went on to explain:



Instead of aggressively suing Wisconsin immediately after the waiver denial, the DOJ engaged in secret negotiations. An immediate lawsuit would have strengthened the negotiating position of the DOJ as well as preserved various equitable legal arguments, including the argument DOJ waited too long to commence litigation. Instead of doing the right thing, the DOJ did the easy thing and reached a settlement with Wisconsin that undermined the Pentagon’s denial of Wisconsin’s waiver request.


The tough negotiating stance of the Holder DOJ extracted a whopping additional three days out of Wisconsin. Ballots will mail 32 days before the election instead of 29. A consent decree filed Friday will reflect this quisling agreement.


This is a disgrace, plain and simple. Military voters, their families and veterans organizations should be outraged at the Holder DOJ.


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