Saturday, August 19, 2006

 

Did Daniels Block Military Votes in 2004?

"Failure is not an option. We are NOT going to lose!" So says Retired General and failed Presidential candidate Wesley Clark to a gathering of Arkansas Democrats who gathered in support of Mike Beebe and Charlie Daniels.

I wonder if the "good" General knows about Daniels record of soldiers from Arkansas not having their votes counted?

51% of the ballots sent out to U.S. soldiers abroad did get "returned' to be counted. While a number of things could have prevented some of those ballots from returning - voter apathy, lost in the mail, etc. - the rate of returned ballots is much higher than comparable states. This, along with national reports that the Democratic party lawyers tried to diminish the military vote, lends an air of suspicion, at the very least.

The Daniels people tried to lay the blame on the Nadar ballots. However, it was the SOS office that spearheaded the effort to remove Nadar from the ballot. Sound familiar? Same effort, different candidate this election.

Arkansas does not allow facsimile of ballots to or from uniformed services or overseas citizens, most other states do, including Oklahoma and Mississippi. Arkansas is one of a handful of states that does not allow a 45 day transit time for ballots.

Many other states sent in military ballots after the election was over - within the 90 day grace period. Arkansas did not.

Beyond the military aspect, there other problems in the Secretary of States office. Daniels' son has been put in charge of the voter registration software. I can understand putting someone you know and trust in a position of trust, but this smacks of blatant nepotism. Typical of the Daniels administration.

Then there is the Daniels campaign taking donations from the very people he hired to install the voting machines. In fact, the same guy that testified against Bill McKuen is the man from which Arkansas bought the voter machines.

Link this with past DUI's and reports that Daniels may be hitting the sauce again and one must wonder about his ability to make honest and clear decisions effecting Arkansans.

The man is so corrupt that when Bill Clinton was Governor, he asked Daniels to resign. That sums things up very well.

See also:
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/articles/2006/08/10/local_news/news/news10.prt

Update:
From the Arkansas Watch:

The ball is now in the court of the losers in this case, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels and Attorney General Mike Beebe. Beebe especially wants to keep the Green candidate for Governor, former state Rep. Jim Lendall, off the ballot. The SOS's attorney, Brian Brooks, told the judge they were likely to appeal if he ruled against them. He also said that if the ballot was not finalized in 25 days then it would be too late for overseas military personnel to get their ballots processed.

An appeal would likely mean the disenfranchisment of Arkansan's who are serving overseas in the military. We must raise every kind of protest we can to prevent the state from appealing that decision. The votes of our overseas military members must not be held hostage to the political needs of Mike Beebe and Charlie Daniels. Jim LaGrone, this is why you got in the Secretary of State's race- let's hear from you.

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