What irony. Here we have Americans putting their lives on the line every day, and they can’t cast a ballot to select their own party's nominee for commander in chief? They have no say in deciding who will have the ability to deploy their services around the world?
Unfortunately, this wasn’t a one-time thing. “Military voters have long been disenfranchised, both at the state and federal level, by a voting process that fails to recognize the unique challenges created by a military voter’s transitory existence or the delays associated with delivering an absentee ballot to a war zone halfway around the world,” writes Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission. We need to fix this -- and ensure that it never happens again.
So let us “remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give,” as President Reagan said in a speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1988, as well as “those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was.” Most of all, he added, “we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.”
And if you wore an “I Voted” sticker on Election Day? Thank a veteran.