Crucial Military Votes Excluded in New York Special Election

by Hans Bader on April 3, 2009 · 13 comments

in Legal, Personal Liberty, Politics as Usual, Sanctimony

The outcome of a special Congressional election in New York’s 20th Congressional District will likely turn on the illegal exclusion of up to 1,000 overseas military ballots, which otherwise would have tipped the race in favor of James Tedisco (R). Tedisco and Scott Murphy (D) are in a dead heat, with 77,225 votes each.

Democrats on the state elections board blocked GOP attempts to allow overseas military voting in the special election. Overseas ballots take weeks to reach voters and be returned unless special measures are taken to speed things up. But the elections officials refused to do anything to speed things up, or mail the ballots out early enough. The result is that perhaps 90 percent of the ballots will be tossed in the trash without ever being counted. (Military ballots are cast mostly for Republican candidates).

The exclusion of these ballots violates a federal law known as UOCAVA, but the Justice Department filed only a “Potemkin Village” lawsuit in response, seeking a brief, cosmetic extension of time for returning the ballots — an extension that will result in only a handful of the wrongfully-excluded military ballots being counted. The Justice Department could easily have sought and obtained broader, more meaningful relief, as it did on several occasions during the Bush Administration. But it didn’t want to, for partisan political reasons.

So much for Obama’s campaign promise to defend “the right of every American to vote.” (Obama’s Justice Department is also not interested in protecting the voting rights of white people denied the right to vote by black political bosses in predominantly-black counties).

This is just one facet of the continuing politicization of the Justice Department, which is now blessing unconstitutional bills that even liberal legal scholars admit violate the plain language of the Constitution.

And it is reflects just one broken promise in a long line of broken promises from Obama. Obama has violated his campaign pledge of a “net spending cut” through an unprecedentedly-large federal budget that will generate $4.8 trillion in increased deficits, a trillion-dollar toxic-asset program, and an $800 billion, economy-shrinking “stimulus” package.

And Obama’s promise not to raise taxes in “any form” on anyone making less than $250,000 per year has been broken by his SCHIP excise tax increase and his proposed $2 trillion cap-and-trade carbon tax.

kevin67 April 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Was that the only shooter; the one in upstate New York?

bpjam April 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The military should be the FIRST voters we seek to protect if there was a heirachy in the importance of voters.

That one party consistently seeks to avoid counting or allowing the ability of military personnel overseas to be voters it should be a national scandal and not just some local story every other year which gets a few people upset.

We ask young men and women to risk their lives and even lose their lives for the protection of our country and the promotion of democracy and then we deny them the right to vote for a representative government because they aren't physically able to visit the ballot box on the prescribed day in November (or April in this case)????

There should be nobody who is an American who defends this travesty. Members of the active military should have their ballots delivered via military courier to and from their place of foreign service. If this is not possible, then their needs to be a precinct set up wherever it is that they are stationed (ie, a submarine, a warship, Bagram Airbase, Fallujah, etc). And all disputes about timeliness should be to the benefit of the military voter and not the bureaucrat back home at political HQ.

Samir April 5, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Baseless rumor, but what else is new in NY politics.



Marc Jeric April 6, 2009 at 4:21 am

Taxes will go up for everybody – direct or indirect. First indirectly by inflation, then on gasoline, alcohol, cigarettes, then on the rich so they have less to invest in businesses, and also by raising the income limit on Social Security tax (that tax is also subject to double tax as it is being counted as income). Well, you all voted for Abu Hussein from Kenya and his ACORN brownshirts; these have already stolen the Senate election in Minnesota and will now do it in the congressional special election in New York. Those brownshirts, Obama's shock troups, are getting $9 billion in the "stimulus" bill and will play the deciding role in the 2010 census.

Patriot April 6, 2009 at 6:52 am

People who live in the district should write letters to the editor about this story. The two Dems on the Board of Elections better apologize for voting against giving our troops enough time to vote. Shameful!

Tedisco needs lawyers to fight this. Help him out.

Kelly April 6, 2009 at 7:11 am

What is this idiotic article talking about? Military ballots will be counted if postmarked by the date of the election and received up to thirteen days after the election date. This article is just wrong. Its a fair result.

Samir April 6, 2009 at 7:18 am

I am a Democratic veteran so I am used to seeing made-up lies coming from Republicans to smear Democrats.

If the GOP knew how many vets they alienate every time they try to exploit us, they would stop running these smear campaigns.

Like many observers have opined, GOP is going the way of the dinosaur.

fedup April 18, 2009 at 7:10 am

what planet are you from? both the democrats and the republicans lie when it suits them… just like any politician…. if you are so brainwashed as to follow the party line of either party, most especially the Democrats with Kennedy, Kerry, Obama and Clinton leading the way, then we can only hope you never vote again….

PanzerDan April 6, 2009 at 10:27 am


You voted for Obama now you can really know what it is like to live under a 3rd world despot where you have no rights and are only expected to do what you are told. We really should be talking to the North Koreans so we will recognize what America will look like in the future, especially after you ignorant fools reelect him. So long America, it was fun while it lasted.


Patriot April 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

The military votes might not make it by April 13. They need more time, and I hope that time is granted to our military personnel. It takes at least 45 days in a war zone to get the absenteen ballots back on time.

We need to make a lot of noise so they don't get away with this. Contact your favorite talk show host in the 20th district with this information.

Russell April 11, 2009 at 12:53 am

Miss Ann Coulter is absolutely wonderful. I wish our GOP had the guts she has. What a woman!!!

HorizonScanner April 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm


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