Senate Blocks Military Voting Protection Act - Count US In, Inc. Counters With Letter Writing Campaign

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Count US In, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization formed to help our active and deployed military vote in the upcoming election has undertaken a grass-roots letter writing campaign to our Congress Members and Representatives on the heels of the block of Senator John Cornyn's (TX-R) bill to help remedy the disenfranchised military voter. Count US In's letter campaign demands to know WHY this important bill was blocked when it had the support of over 24 Senators of both parties and the Rules and Armed Services Committee.

Count US, In, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, facilitating and educating the military vote, reacted strongly to the Senate's blocking the Military Voting Protection Act (S.3073), with a letter-writing campaign, launched from its website and via its email membership list.

"The Senate gave lip-service to Sen. John Cornyn's (Texas-R) bill to help remedy the disenfranchisement of the U.S. military absentee vote," says Count US In founder LTC Don Johnson, U.S. Army (ret). "Then they turned around and blocked it when it was supported by over two dozen Senators from both parties and the Rules and Armed Services Committees. We demand to know why. Plus, we want our supporters to demand the same--'we're mad as hell as we're not going to take it anymore!'" Johnson adds.

Sen. Cornyn's bill addressed serious problems identified by the Election Assistance Committee, including:

  • 59% of surveyed military knew where to obtain voting information on base; only 40% had received information from a Voting Assistance Officer.
  • 16.5% of 6 million eligible military and overseas voters requested an absentee ballot for the November 2006 election.
  • Only 1/3 of those requested ballots were cast and counted--5.5% of those eligible.

Count US In posted sample letters on its website for all voters to send to their representatives and has sent its own letters, requesting responses within 10 days that it will post on the site. "We will let people know what their representatives have to say--or IF they say anything!" states Johnson. "This election is a critical one to choose a new president and Commander in Chief of our military--the voice of our military personnel must be heard and their vote is their voice. We cannot allow it to be silenced."

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