Friday, September 17, 2010

DOJ Fails to Protect Wisconsin Military Voters

DOJ Fails to Protect Wisconsin Military Voters
Others at Risk: Help Us Find Active Duty Military Voters in Maryland, Colorado, and Hawaii

MVP Team,

Many of you may have seen that the Voting Section of the Department of
Justice entered a settlement agreement with Wisconsin in an attempt to
enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act). Not
only does that settlement fail to enforce the plain language of the MOVE
Act, it will surely cause military voters to be denied other benefits
under the MOVE Act, including the express mail delivery service that
guarantees delivery back to the United States. Read MVP Project's press release about the settlement.

 More disturbing, however, is the Voting Section’s failure to bring cases
against three other states (Maryland, Colorado, and Hawaii) and the
District of Columbia, all of which have admitted that they will violate
the requirement to mail absentee ballots at least 45 days before the
election. In our view, the Voting Section's failure to fully enforce the
law against these jurisdictions is inexcusable.

If you know any active duty military voters who are residents in these jurisdictions, please have them contact us immediately

The MVP Project will not stand by and let the voters be disenfranchised by the Voting Section’s unwillingness to fully protect our service
members, but we need to hear from them immediately to protect their rights.

Eric Eversole
Executive Director

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