U.S. troops in Afghanistan won’t be able to vote

Due to a plane carrying mail crashing and burning up:

Federal officials say that absentee ballots being sent to U.S. military serving in Afghanistan may have been burned in a plane crash.

A top official in the Federal Voting Assistance Program this week notified election officials across the nation that a transport plane crashed at Shindad Air Base on Oct. 19.

The crash resulted in the destruction of 4,700 pounds of mail inbound to troops serving in the area.

Federal officials in their email to state election offices said they did not know if any ballots were destroyed. They also said the lost mail was limited to one zip code.

But they recommended that election officials resend a new ballot to anyone who requested one since the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire.

The extent of this “limited to one zip code” nonsense could be a red herring as according to an alert the zip code in question is an air base in Afghanistan:

According to an alert received by the Bexar County Elections Department from military voting assistance officials, the crash of the transport plane at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan destroyed the aircraft and the 4,700 pounds of mail it was delivering to the combat zone.

Military officials weren’t immediately sure if it was carrying ballots, so they issued the nationwide call to local election officials to see if they may have sent ballots to a ZIP code serving three installations in Afghanistan — Camps Shindand, Farah and Stone, also called Herat.

“If you have sent any ballots to the ZIP code 09382, we recommend you attempt to contact the voter and resend a new ballot, as the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire,” the alert said.

I suspect it will be nigh impossible to get replacement ballots printed/mailed in time (or local boards of elections to even be notified of the situation), so it’s safe to say a large contingent of troops serving in Afghanistan will not have their votes counted in this very contentious election.

Stephen VanDyke

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  1. Well, that’s ONE way to get rid of those pesky Ron Paul/Gary Johnson write-ins… Oh, and the taxpayers get to buy a new plane, too. Top-notch work. We’ll have this economy back on its knees in no time!

  2. Lemme see, over two weeks go by with not a peep about a “large transport” crash in Rotganistan and now this pops up. So, if you believe this – you must still be waiting for mommy to let you out of time out. We still have men and women flying those things – what happened to them when the plane crashed and burned? Oh, and this idea the United States Air Force thinks there may have been mail on board? Really, we’re sposed to believe they fly all over the world and don’t know exactly what’s in the back of the bus?

  3. Obama will stoop pretty low to win the election. This is the biggest cover up I have ever seen. What other tricks does does he have up his sleeve? He could issue an executive order to let the troops vote later because of the tragedy. But he won’t because the military votes will be for Mitt Romney. However, he may decide to issue an executive order to let the hurricane victims vote later because of having to abandon their homes due to flooding. This is because the eastern states will vote for HIM. This would be ridiculous, however, because people in those states have had over a week of warning about when the hurricane will hit. They had plenty of time to cast their votes early. The right of the military in Afghanistan to vote has been taken from them. They have no other recourse to vote. Unless someone steps in, and they are allowed to vote electronically from the military headquarters in Dallas..