Why does Wisconsin make it so difficult to vote? There seems to be a double standard in the voting process. On the one hand, we have the state making it easier for felons and homeless citizens to vote by mainstreaming them in with the motor-voter program, and the absentee ballot voting program.
On the other hand, if you’re in the military service, voluntarily serving your country and state overseas, you most likely won’t be able to vote in this year’s general election. WHY?
For over a year now, Wisconsin’s mainly Democrat Legislature knew about this, and did nothing about it. The federal government created the “Help Americans Vote Act” back then, mandating that ballots had to reach armed forces service people overseas forty-five days prior to the general election. If a state got into a time crunch on this, its legislature needed to back up its primary elections and/or request a waiver in order to comply with the forty-five day mandate. Wisconsin’s majority Democrat Legislature did not initiate this required action, as many other states did. It did nothing a year ago, while it was preoccupied with the felons and homeless votes, and should have also focused on the overseas service people votes as well. Wisconsin did not back up its primary elections as it should have.
It recently applied for the waiver however, but it was denied by the federal government on Friday, August 27, 2010. So, we now have only a little over seven weeks until the general elections, and our primaries are just two weeks away!
What can be done at this point? I would suggest that people scream their demands that our overseas armed services are not denied their rights to vote simply because of the short sightedness of Wisconsin’s leadership representation. They need to scream these demands to Senators Feingold and Kohl. It seems to me that if one can send an item to reach its destination within 24 hours via Fed Ex, Wisconsin can damned well do it as well in order to save our voters’ rights for all Wisconsin service people.