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Romney Campaign Sues Wisconsin Over Delay in Military Ballots

State elections officials say only 44 service members did not receive ballots in time, but Romney campaign says even one late ballot is too many.

In Wisconsin, 26 municipalities missed the 45-day federal deadline to transmit absentee ballots to military personnel, and the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is suing the state in order to grant an extension for them to be returned.

All absentee ballots must be returned by Nov. 9, which is three days after the election. But the Romney campaign wants Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, to push that date back to Nov. 14.

According to the Huffington Post, the Romney campaign first raised its concerns on Oct. 1, but GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the problem was not as serious as the Romney campaign made it seem. Magney pointed out that of the 4,288 military and overseas Wisconsin voters who requested absentee ballots, only 44 were not sent their ballots on time.

However, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke about the issue during his town hall meeting in Waukesha on Monday, arguing that "if a single soldier is denied his or her right to vote, that’s a shame. That’s not what we can stand for in this country."

State Rep. Evan Wynn (R-Whitewater) also weighed in on the issue.

"They're over there fighting for our rights," Wynn, a veteran, told FOX News. "(And for) our right to vote...and they shouldn't be denied theirs because somebody back here didn't get their ballots out in time."

Kevin Kennedy, director of the GAB told FOX News said that there were only 26 of 1,851 municipal clerks who did not get the ballots out in time. He added that "redundancies in the system" allowed all members of the military to receive their ballots in time so they could be counted.

Kenneth London October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
The death of Ambassador Stevens was a terrible incident and President Obama clearly stated in the second debate that he takes responsibility for what happened. That is what a "leader" does. Someone who is not fit to lead uses such incidents to score political points at a time when we should be united in bringing those responsible to justice. While Congressman Ryan had proposed that we spend LESS on security at US Embassies he then had the guts to blame that very lack of security on the Obama administration. It is annoying when facts get in the way of people's hate-filled rants. As for women and whether they will be better off or not under Romney - it is simple pandering by both sides. It simply comes down to how one views the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act, funding for Planned Parenthood (which provides health screenings for poor women), the Lilly Ledbetter Act (which changes the standard and process a woman has to sue and employer for equal pay rights), and how the Supreme Court may rule on issues such as Title IX and abortion rights. No - it is not quite a "war" on women, but I think there are many issues that will impact women that should be discussed in this election. Again - the "dumbed down" arguments of the extremists (on both sides) get in the way of facts, logic, and actual intelligent discussion of the issues. Too bad.
Kenneth London October 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
As for the military ballots - ho hum ... extend the deadline. To turn this into a big boohoo look how liberal the GAB is - is just another smoke screen like Republican cries about ACORN or Democratic cries about Strategic Allied Consultants. If one really wanted to "research" how members of the military vote - in the last presidential election Obama did quite well actually. McCain won the military vote 55%-45%. Also - there tends not to be a "military" bloc recognizable in recent elections. Bill Clinton, a so-called "draft dodger", won the military vote over George Bush I, a military hero in 1992. So let's stop screaming that this is driven by politics when you cannot even ascertain if either party has an advantage by the ruling.
Steve ® October 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
A leader, when informed more security is needed makes the correct decision to protect our citizens. Pandering responsibility for your failed action does not define a good leader.
Stormy Weather October 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Kenneth - President Obama doesn't accept responsibility for anything except that he killed Osama bin Laden. The truth about Benghazi will eventually come out, and it will be the undoing of the Democratic Party... To quote Charles Woods, who is the father American Hero,Tyrone Woods. “When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that you’re son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’” Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.” “It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life." Yes, Mr. Woods... As an American Citizen and a father you have the right to ask for answers as to why President Obama and his administration turned their backs on your son who is an American Hero!
Mike Shortall Sr October 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Well, here's a reason why women SHOULD NOT vote for President Obama. He pays lip service to women playing a substantial role in everyday decision making (excluding Hillary and Valerie Jarrett). http://swampland.time.com/2011/09/21/the-white-house-boys-club-president-obama-has-a-woman-problem/ And a reason why women SHOULD vote for Mitt Romney. The women who have worked for and with him know he respects their value! http://www.blogher.com/what-women-should-know-about-our-old-boss-mitt-romney

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