Senator and Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was flying a Black Hawk helicopter when an RPG shot her down over Iraq. The only thing that saved her life was the military creed, leave no soldier behind. The rescuers had checked her and thought she was dead. Only when they came back for her body, did they realize she was still breathing. The Purple Heart recipient was among the original Army women allowed to fly combat missions. But there is more.
She just introduced her Reducing Barriers for Military Voters Act to allow offshore military members to vote electronically. Duckworth lost both legs and partial use of her right arm, but she soldiered on and became a strong advocate for members of the military. White House Press Secretary Jene Psaki said that President Biden made the “moral case” supporting voting rights for the military.
We owe the military, big time. It was the military that saved America’s bacon immediately after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Joint Chief of Staff General Mark moved into action as the new book by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, described a nation in far greater peril than we understood.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said this about Donald Trump at the time, The Washington Post reported:
‘This guy’s crazy. He’s dangerous. He’s a maniac.’
Milley, a powerful presence, said:
‘We’re going to put a ring of steel around this city and the Nazis aren’t getting in.’
Duckworth continues in her fight for serving military members and veterans. She released this statement, The Stars and Stripes reported:
‘Service members face numerous barriers to voting that make it more difficult for them to more fully participate in our democracy by exercising their right to vote. We should be doing everything we can to strengthen voting rights across the country.’
Only 15 percent of military members voted in the last election. The mail-in voting process for them has been a joke. That is why Duckworth legislation allowing electronic voting for them. Right now, 24 states have electronic ballots for off-shore citizens through the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Additional states have been considering implementing like bills. The Reducing Barriers for Military Voters Act would offer military members the same option.
Her bill would require the Defense Department “to develop and implement the plan for electronic voting” ready for alpha testing by the 2024’s federal election performed by a “subset of overseas service members.” It would be available for all by 2026.
Cornyn released a statement that read:
‘It’s a sad fact that service members in faraway or isolated posts sometimes can’t participate in the very same democratic system they are fighting for.’
‘This legislation will allow active-duty troops deployed to some of our most difficult assignments to safely and securely cast their ballots.’
Republicans blocked the much-needed For the People Act by the Democrats to counterbalance state voting law changes.
Other members of Congress who introduced an earlier version of that bill to the House of Representatives were John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representatives Andy Kim (D-NJ) and Joe Wilson (R-SC).
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