Democrat Bill White Would Disenfranchise Thousands of Overseas US Military Members
by TexasGOPVote on May 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM
The following came in from The Republican Party of Texas:
Today, the Friday before Texans remember America's fallen heroes on Memorial Day, the Bill White campaign attempted to defend his past statements on military voting rights by referring to a 2003 Houston Chronicle article quoting Bill White on military members and their sacred right to vote.
...Bill White stated his support for military voters' right to vote in local elections and described his support by saying, "Military voters have every right to vote where their children are enrolled in school. Military personnel should be allowed to cast ballots in local elections that determine city or county taxes, police and fire protection, etc."
"Anyone who knows anything about the military knows that White's statement is the very opposite of supporting the military," said US Air Force veteran and Texas GOP spokesman Bryan Preston. "When I was stationed in Tokyo for four years, my home of record remained Texas. Bill White would have disenfranchised me because I didn't have children at the time, and if I had, they would have been with me and attending a Department of Defense school at my overseas base.
Thousand of military families serve together at US military bases all over the world, from Italy to the UK to South Korea and Japan. And liberal Bill White's attitude seems to be that even if they have spent their entire lives in their stateside home of record, that time serving their country at Yokota or near the Korean tripwire would cost them their right to vote back home. That's a travesty. It tells us quite a bit about how little Bill White really knows about the lives of sacrifice that our military families endure to keep us free."
"Our serving military families endure a great deal on all our behalf. We should encourage them to vote, not find ways to restrict their rights as Bill White would."