Under the leadership of Mary Spicer, the Delaware Federation of Republican Women have taken the next step to impacting public policy. Based on a resolution within their own group, the Republican Women have recognized that those who defend our freedoms, including our right to vote, are being penalized by the late primary election in Delaware. The Brave Men and Women who defend our freedoms are not able to have absentee ballots sent to them in some cases within 7 weeks of a general election.
For those who serve our nation in far flung locales such as Iraq or Afghanistan, this is unrealistic. Getting an election document to a GI 150 miles outside of Kabul and back to Wilmington Delaware in 50 days or less strains the reality of combat conditions and penalizes our brave men and women for serving their country.
Let’s keep in mind that in certain cases U.S. Navy submariners do not surface for 60 days. In Delaware this denies them the right to vote.
Kudos go to:
1. Representative Deborah Hudson who is the prime sponsor of this resolution. Hudson had proven to be a friend of the military and veterans at every occasion.
2. Senate Sponsor Lianne Sorenson who will be carrying the water for this initiative in the State Senate.
3. Co Sponsors are Representatives Greg Lavelle, Lincoln Willis, Jack Peterman, Mike Ramone, Dan Short, Ruth Riggs King, and Senator Colin Bonini.
So far there are no Democrat co sponsors. However I am more than willing to add the names of any Democrat co sponsors as they appear. While Al Gore worked to deny military absentee ballots in 2000, I don’t believe that all Democrats are willing to deny our military the right to have their votes counted.
Our current system required Delaware election officials to request waivers from the federal government for our election system. No one is questioning the current elections officials dedication to counting all of the votes nor their competence.
The facts are that in the future Delaware could easily be denied the waivers that the Obama Administration gave in this last election cycle.
It is far better to do the right thing by our service men and women and simply move the primary back to some time in August as opposed to September. Enabling legislation would be easy to draft.
Thank you to Mary Spicer and the Republican Women for stepping up and standing up for those who defend our freedoms.
|RECOGNIZING THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE DELAWARE FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN ARE URGING THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT MOVES THE DELAWARE ELECTION PRIMARIES TO AN EARLIER DATE TO ENSURE THE TIMELY ISSUANCE AND RECEIPT OF MILITARY ABSENTEE BALLOTS.