Vets Protest El Paso Cty Clerk for Ballot Decision

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

VETERANS SLAM EL PASO COUNTY CLERK'S DECISION ON BALLOT ACCESS FOR MILITARY MEMBERS

Colorado Springs, CO - A veterans group is today strongly condemning El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams' decision to not send nearly 1000 election ballots to military members, despite the fact that his county has one of the highest military populations in the country.

Williams has held steadfast in his decision.  The Denver District court is hearing a case that could very well strike down a recent order from the Secretary of State to not send ballots to many registered voters. Yet, Williams has shown no willingness to change his mind on who receives ballots, no matter what the court decides.  Recently, he told The Pueblo Chieftain that sending ballots wasn't "cost effective," because some ballots in the past have not been used by those who received them.

"It's not Wayne Williams' job to estimate which members of our military will or will not likely vote in the upcoming election," said Richard Allen Smith, Vice Chairman of VoteVets.org, and an Afghanistan Veteran and Denver resident.  "It's his job to ensure our troops are given every opportunity to vote.  His choice to not send ballots to hundreds of our troops, legally registered to vote in his county, is outrageous.  Clerk Williams likes to site the cost of sending out ballots to our troops as a reason to not send them.  Those of us who served in war would like to remind him that we've paid a much higher cost to protect that right to vote."

Earlier this week, VoteVets.org launched a petition to Secretary of State Gessler, urging him to reconsider his order.  That petition has garnered nearly 5000 signatures.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.



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