From a new web site, www.texasmilitaryvote.com
"Voting is a privilege guaranteed by our Constitution and ensured by our men and women in uniform. Yet, for far too many military personnel stationed away from home, it is difficult or even imposible to exercise their right to vote.
Nearly, 1,000,000 military and overseas absentee ballots were requested for the 2006 election , but only one-third of them were actually conunted. That means that more than 660,000 interested military voters were ultimately not able to have their voices heard. This is unacceptable.
We must protect the rights of our soldiers - and their families - to vote and have that vote counted. Help a loved one or firend make sure they are registered, their ballot application is processed, and their vote is delivered and counted. Democrat, Republican, Independent...party affiliation or personal views are irrelevant. We ought to make certain they are able to vote.
This web site is a portal to great information that will make it easier for our men and women n uniform to do taht which they have worked so hard to make so simple for the rest of us. They often put their lives on the line to guarantee the freedoms that makes this country exceptional, and they deserve every oportunity to exercise the basic right to vote themselves. Let's make certain they have exactly that.
God Bless our troops and the United States of America".
Senator John Cornyn is running for re-election in Texas. I support his re-election.
Other than putting up this web site in support of our country's military stationed overseas, he has also done the following to insure efforts to reform the current way that military votes are handled from overseas:
* Senator Cornyn introduced the Military Voting Protection Act of 2008. This reduces delays and cuts red tape.
* A reform measure to be successful in this ballot counting is for the Department of Defense to be required to collect and provide express shipping of ballots.
* Senator Cornyn sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey urging protection of military voting rights.
For too long, the military's right to cast a ballot from overseas assignments and have their votes be counted has been treated haphazardly at best. Whether intentionally or not, many votes of those serving our country in foreign lands, protecting our right to vote, have been ignored. It is way past time for this reform.
Thank you, Senator Cornyn.