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Military ballot requests down in key battleground states

Requests from military voters for absentee ballots have dropped significantly since 2008, according to newly released statistics, prompting claims that the Department of Defense is dragging its feet in enacting a law meant to boost military voting.

The drop in the battleground states of Virginia and Ohio is among the most pronounced. According to statistics released Monday by The Military Voter Protection Project, the number of absentee ballot requests by both military members and other overseas voters in the two states has dropped 70 percent since 2008.

Virginia had nearly 42,000 total requests in 2008, compared with a little more than 12,000 this year, according to the MVP Project. Ohio had more than 32,000 in 2008, compared with 9,700 this year. The number of military voters specifically -- as opposed to military and overseas voters -- was not broken down in the latest set of statistics, but military-only numbers released by the MVP Project in August documented a similar drop-off in applications.

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speaks volumes

ballots are down...
suicides are up.
You don't need a calculator.

Relevance of the politician

Just speaking to the motivation of those servicemembers, I believe the 2008 election was an anomaly. Obama garnered so much hype which led to his large amount of support from ethnic minorities within the Armed Forces, and then there was a combat veteran and former POW in McCain, who was seen as the logical successor to Bush as Commander-in-Chief. Now you have an unpopular incumbent, and an even less popular challenger--neither with military experience, and both seemingly out of touch with the realities faced by those in uniform. For these reasons, among others, I feel this disconnect lends credence to the servicemember's perception of the politician paying nothing more than lipservice to the magnitude of their sacrifice.

"The rich man writes the book of laws the poor man must defend, but the highest laws are written on the hearts of honest men."