On July 17th, 2012, the Obama for America Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Ohio seeking to overturn decades of military voting protections. Specifically, in an attempt to gain more time for their supporters to vote in early voting, the Obama campaign and the national and Ohio Democratic parties argue that it is, “unconstitutional,” “without rational justification” and “arbitrary” to provide military voters more time. Really?
The Combat Veterans for Congress PAC was founded to elect Congressmen and Senators who not only served in combat in our nation’s defense, but who are also dedicated to preserving and defending the Constitution of the United States. And we believe that the most fundamental of Constitutional rights is the right to vote. How ironic that the current Commander-in-Chief, who swore himself an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, is now arguing in court that the men and women he commands do not deserve any more time to successfully receive, cast, and return their ballots.
What’s even worse is that his minions at the Obama for America campaign issue dishonest press releases to completely misrepresent what the Obama campaign is doing, and how it can completely disenfranchise the US military; not only in the state of Ohio, but in every State and Territory in the Union.
That is why Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is joining 15 National Veterans Organization in opposing the despicable and heinous law suit filed by the Obama campaign and Democratic Party. Do not underestimate the danger of this lawsuit – if the Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee are successful in this lawsuit, they will establish the precedent that military voters do not deserve more time to vote.
Current federal law recognizes that military voters do, in fact, need more time, and mandates that all States send out their ballots at least 45 days before the election. Many States also allow military ballots more time to get back to the election office and still be counted. Ohio, for example, gives military ballots an additional 10 days to get back to the election office, in recognition of how slow military mail can be, especially for forward deployed troops.
But the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee do not care what destruction they sow in order to win this election. If the Obama campaign and the Democrats win this lawsuit, that precedent will ripple throughout the military, putting all military ballots at risk. For example, if a candidate running for Senate in Ohio loses by a small margin, and believes that getting rid of military ballots will improve his chances for winning, he or she would now have the precedent to go to the courts and demand that all the military ballots that came in under Ohio’s extended military ballot return time be thrown out. And he or she would likely win in disenfranchising the military.
That is why it is so important that we defeat the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party in their heinous attacks on military voting rights. Don’t be fooled by the proclamations of Obama’s surrogates; their lawsuit is based on denying military voters special protection. If they win, the military voter loses, and loses big. Help us defeat this dastardly lawsuit by contacting the White House at 202-456-1414, and demanding that the Commander-in-Chief protect the voting rights of the troops and tell his campaign lawyers to drop their lawsuit.