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Hillary Clinton’s Voting Rights Speech Forgets Veterans, Ignores Popular Opinion

June 5, 2015

Written By: Spencer Brown

In a speech on voting rights in Houston, Texas, Thursday afternoon, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined three groups of disenfranchised Americans.

Notably missing from Clinton’s speech was mention of America’s men and women in uniform deployed overseas. By failing to mention those who preserve the rights of all Americans, including the right to vote, Clinton made a serious oversight. Absentee ballot applications from those serving overseas have suffered serious drops in the last decade, an alarming trend made worse when democrats attempt to exclude military votes.

CPAC Alum John Cornyn (R-TX, ACU Lifetime rating: 93.17) highlighted the obvious fact that service members might encounter problems when trying to mail their ballots from the mountains of Afghanistan. In a letter to the Department of Defense, Cornyn writes “Many overseas service members are forward-deployed in units with high operational tempos and in austere environments, both of which make it harder for them to hand-carry their completed ballots to a post office or postal clerk by the deadline.”

Casting a vote in free and open elections is one of the greatest freedoms Americans enjoy, it is the workhorse of our democracy and critical to the preservation of freedom. Voting is the tool with which Americans are able to hold their representatives at all levels accountable. It is a great responsibility, and also a privilege, a process that those who place their lives on the line to preserve should certainly be able to easily participate in. Liberals and democrats have shown they believe the opposite at times. A report from the Heritage Foundation reviewed the Obama administration’s failure to implement or enforce policies, including MOVE, the “Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act” (MOVE). Heritage called this “a failure that had an undeniable impact on military voters’ ability to vote.” Our deployed service members face the fight of their life every day, they certainly shouldn’t have to fight to have their vote counted.

Beyond forgetting to thank our veterans for protecting our right to vote, Hillary Clinton’s position on the issue of voting rights is incompatible with a majority of Americans, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Writing in the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard outlines the statistic: support remains strong for showing photo ID before voting, with 76% of respondents supporting voter ID. That means Clinton’s views on the issue of voter ID fits with just 2 in 10 Americans, according to the poll.

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