We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The VFW Magazine for October 2012 has an interesting article about the veterans vote.
Veterans alone make up some 13% of the population and historically they register their opinions at the ballot box. In 2008, they accounted for 15% of all voters, a bloc larger than single men (14%), blacks (13%) or Hispanics (9%).
Active duty troops, though, were less likely to vote. Only 29% of them cast ballots in the 2010 midterm elections, compared to 46% of eligible voters.
According to exit polls, in 2004, Bush led Kerry by 16% among veterans, in 2008 McCain led Obama by 10% among veterans. According to Gallup, in 2012, Romney leads Obama by 24% among veterans.
Wonder why there's been complaints about some localities not energetically following through on getting absentee ballots out to those on active duty? For examples, the Romney campaign today filed suit in Wisconsin to ensure that all absentee military ballots are counted, after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). In Michigan, there's a similar state suit against 24 townships and cities. Similar lowjinks in Vermont. More here. Democrat voting boards?
I am not a military voter, but I do live in Michigan. I submitted my absentee ballot application more than 3 weeks ago and I have not recovered the ballot yet. I called the city clerk today who is the point person for sending out absentee ballots. She pulled up my information immediately and stated emphatically she mailed the ballots to us (in SC) on September 26.
Please note all ballots are mailed via U.S. mail.
I plan to call back tomorrow to find out if I can pay for a FedEx delivery. Not expecting that will be an option.