News flash: Senator Schumer is shocked, shocked, to discover that military voters had trouble voting in the 2008 election. The Senate Rules Committee, of which he is chairman, held a hearing today on this problem and released a study conducted by his committee and the Congressional Research Service. It found that one out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and other overseas voters in the 2008 election may have gone uncounted. This is due to the chronic problem of military voters being mailed ballots by election officials without enough time to complete and send them back by the election deadline. Schumer was quoted as saying that the study “is enough to show that the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an overhaul.”
An overhaul which will never happen as long as the military vote skews to the right.
I don’t necessarily approve of Heinlein’s notion of requiring prior military service before being permitted to vote, but I sure as hell don’t endorse the opposite approach of forbidding the military to vote at all.