Tag Archives: Voting

Surprise? Afghan Fraud Body Finds Fraud!

A few months ago when President Ahmadinejad of Iran shocked the world by manipulating voting to ensure he won the presidency, President Obama and other world leaders expressed their concerns. The UN backed commission investigating fraud in the recent Afghan presidential vote has announced it was necessary to exclude large numbers of votes for the inner, President Karzai since they were obtained through fraudulent means. There is abundant evidence Karzai in some districts secured 100% of the vote and even up to 110%. Either he is one heck of a popular guy or there is an inability to properly count votes.

Monitoring groups expressed “concerns” about the voting process. The real issue is how will President Obama and European leaders handle a situation in which “their guy” is a blatant crook who has stolen the election. lf Ahmadinejad is to be condemned, then what is done about Karzai?

Methinks something is rotten in the state of Afghanistan!

Republicans: It’s Disruptive To Register Vets As Voters!

The one consistent aspect of Republicans in control of government is their consistent disregard for the rights and needs of veterans. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has been pushing for legislation that benefits the rights of veterans. Her latest effort to ensure cooperation by the Veterans Administration to assist in voter registration efforts at VA facilities has run into roadblocks. Paul Hutter, VA general counsel, told the senator, “VA facilities are not the equivalent of public sidewalks or the courthouse” and warned that voter activities that disrupted VA service or invaded the privacy of veterans would not be supported. Feinstein is sponsor of S 3308 which would require the VA to support and assist efforts to register veterans as voters.

Hutter continues to insist that somehow providing information and assistance to veterans would discourage vets from using VA facilities. The Feinstein bill merely allows nonpartisan groups to provide information to veterans and in no way allows political activities on VA facilities by partisan groups. Apparently, the Bush administration fears allowing veterans greater access to the right to vote.