"We are perplexed as to why DoD did not do everything in its power to modernize the system for redirecting blank ballots in order to eliminate this roadblock for military service members,"
Please stop being so naive. It's no secret why this happened. Panetta is clearly on their side - does Benghazi mean anything to you? The Department of Defense has been and will continue to be slowly eroded away until our military is so weakened that we are no better than a third-world country out there trying to fight our battles with paper airplanes and sticks.