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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DID I DO THAT?

“Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors.”
-Mark Twain

Oops, New York State accidentally failed to ship absentee ballots to soldiers overseas on time. So sad, too bad. This is a complete mistake, not related in any way to being the second most populated state and the fact that soldiers vote Republican by a 70% or greater margin (and probably more this year). Thomas M DeFrank and Lukas I Alpert write at the New York Post:
New York election officials were required to ship the ballots to U.S. citizens living overseas by Sept. 17. Because New York primaries were held Sept. 14, the feds granted local officials an extension until Oct. 1.

Several New York counties blew past the extension - including the city's five boroughs.
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New York State Board of Elections officials informed the feds late last week of their failure to meet the Oct. 1 deadline, which also occurred in Westchester, Putnam, Erie and Niagara counties.

In all, there are 49,468 registered overseas voters in New York State, 20,172 of whom are in the military.

In the five boroughs, there are 36,446 registered overseas voters, including 6,557 who serve in the armed forces, election officials said.
Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Shumer of New York City both made a big show of being upset but it honestly is very hard to take them seriously. The state is in violation of the MOVE act, but as we saw a few weeks ago not only is the Obama-Holder justice department not interested in taking any action on these cases, but that they're giving exemptions to many different areas in violation of the law's stated permissible exemptions.

Of course, the New York legislature is given full constitutional power to decide when and how votes are counted, so they can give these an extension themselves. Will they?

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