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The MOVE Act- Letters to the editor

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By Jim Darter Spring Glen


Are you tired of the election coverage yet? Last night the radio was saying "only 240+ days till election Nov. 6th". Seems that for some people this has been going on way too long, for others not long enough. Hold on to your seat because the next few weeks are going to fly by so sit up and pay attention.

Some of you will remember the infamous recounting that was going on in Broward County, Fla, circa year 2000. The ultimate election of the President of the United States hinged upon a few votes cast. All absentee ballots were closely examined, especially military personnel, particularly postmarks and received dating. Everything that could be done to legally disallow military voting was done. The Democrat strategy was to not allow military personnel voting, as they tend to be conservative and would probably vote for George H.W. Bush (Dubya).

Move up to 2008 elections and more current practices. Democratic/Liberal stronghold states such as Illinois and New York had very neatly disqualified military voting by intentionally mailing overseas absentee ballots five days prior to the election and if not received on or before election day they were disqualified for not being timely. The USPO is overall pretty good, but no way do they do Iraq or Afghanistan and back in five days.

Enter the MOVE ACT: Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. This is a new Federal Law that has been developed to address this problem of disenfranchising overseas personnel. The bottom line, after a huge survey of local county clerk and recorders, is that voter packets (your ballot) will be sent out (mailed) 45 days before the election. This means that in order for the packets to be sent, the printer people will need the ballot(s) "locked up" as to who is running, for what position(s), what questions are to be decided, what referendums will be in the packet. The printer/clerk and recorder dynamic is approximately two weeks prior to the mailing. This effectively compresses the current election process, big time.

This past week the state legislature finished its annual bill writing, passing sprint. Currently, the filing to run for elected office opens. This week is both the Democrat and Republican caucuses. The filing for office dead line ends shortly after caucuses. County party conventions are then held. Candidates begin a whirl wind campaign introducing themselves, and convincing the delegates concerning their qualifications for office. Next month, on April 21, the state party convention is where formal nominations will occur. Alphabet Soup Major Media has been covering all the other states caucuses and conventions and are watching the national presidential circus with close attention. National media will be in attendance at the Utah State convention in April. The National Republican Party convention happens in Tampa, Fla, in August , leaving September for head to head presidential campaigning and then the mailing of ballots.

What can TC Mits (The Common Man In The Streets) do?

1. Get informed.

2) Get involved.

3) Get your friends and neighbors to this week's Democrat and Republican caucuses.

Remember, if all you do is vote in November, shame on you...

Jim Darter

Spring Glen

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