Editorial: Bureaucratic Enemy Faces the Troops

October 17, 2012

Read the numbers how you will, it’s still troubling that a number of American troops won’t be voting this election season.

A recent story from Illinois Statehouse News predicts that it’s going to be a dismal year for absentee voting by military members overseas because of the low number of requested ballots for the November election.
On one hand, you could say that there are fewer troops overseas because of the draw down in Afghanistan, which would be true. And you could argue that soldiers simply aren’t enamored of the voting process, for one of many reasons.

But one expert says, and this troubles us the most, that it’s more likely that there is a “systemic problem with voting access in the U.S. military.”

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