(Washingtonexaminer.com) - Members of the armed services can visit a Pizza Hut on base in Iraq, but the Pentagon has failed to comply with a 2009 law requiring voter registration offices on every military installation.
A new report on military voting shows declining participation rates in the 2010 election despite an attempted congressional fix. Obama administration incompetence implementing the law is to blame.
Because service members have voted at historically low rates, Congress passed the MOVE Act in 2009. MOVE was supposed to cure impediments to voting by mandating absentee ballots mail overseas at least 45 days before election day. MOVE also required every military installation to have a voter registration office.
Sadly, a new report shows the problem has only grown worse, no thanks to a lackadaisical Justice Department and a Pentagon with misplaced priorities.
Defense Department political appointees (Obama's cronies) waited three weeks after the 2012 election to issue the order to established offices. Now six months before the start of presidential primaries, a quarter of the military installations remain noncompliant with the legal obligation to have functioning voter registration offices.
Contrast the Pentagon slow-walking on military voting with the blitz to integrate gays into the armed services. No resource limitation interfered with forcing every member of the armed services to sit through hours of sensitivity training.
Perhaps too busy acclimating warriors to the new gay policy, the Pentagon bureaucracy continues to resist voter registration offices, particularly for Marine installations.
Helping service members vote isn't a priority of the Obama administration, especially before 2012. Even the Pentagon unit tasked with helping service members to vote (FVAP) is targeted for a 30 percent budget slash.
Rep. Joe Wilson, R -S.C., is holding a hearing to determine what went wrong at DOD in 2010. The inept enforcement efforts at Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department also merit scrutiny.
Helping felons restore their right to vote is a priority at the DOJ Civil Rights Division. Unfortunately, the infamous division also enforces the MOVE Act. It took DOJ an embarrassing nine months after MOVE passed to update its webpage with the new standards.
While a Congressional hearing might help, the answers are very clear.
Obama knows MOST service members, if given the chance to vote in time for 2012, will not vote for him. On the other side of the coin, most legal voting felons will.
Once again, President Obama demonstrates why he DOESN'T deserve the title, "Commander in Chief".
AMEN AND AMEN...