GOP lawmakers say ‘thousands’ of military votes will not be counted

U.S. Army soldier member of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo walks by a poster urging soldiers to vote Nov. 2. U.S. Army soldier member of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo walks by a poster urging soldiers to vote Nov. 2. Visar Kryeziu/AP

Several Republican lawmakers have voiced concern about the system members of the military use to vote, claiming the slow mail process will cause thousands of ballots to not be counted.

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John McCain, R-Ariz., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to Defense Department Secretary Leon Panetta on the eve of the election, saying military mail can take between 14 and 50 days to process and ballots will therefore arrive at their intended destinations well after the election.  

“We write to express concerns over another serious failure by the Department of Defense to safeguard the voting rights of our overseas military service members, which we believe could result in the imminent disenfranchisement of thousands,” the letter said.

The lawmakers said the solution to the issue is to modernize military mail delivery by centralizing mail redirection.

The Pentagon’s own inspector general recently criticized Defense Department efforts to improve the voting process for members of the military, when its investigation concluded installation voting assistance offices had not yet been adequately instituted.

While the senators acknowledged the problem cannot be fixed in time for Tuesday’s election, they called for a solution to be instituted in time for the next election cycle.  
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.