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The federal government has sued elections officials in three states for missing a new deadline to mail ballots to voters overseas.

The 2009 law requires local election officials to send ballots to expats and soldiers abroad no later than 45 days before Election Day. An unknown number of counties in New York, New Mexico and Nevada missed this year's Sept. 18 deadline.

As a result, they have been sued by the feds or reached agreements to give military personnel and other Americans living abroad more time to return ballots, USA Today reported.

"The department is working with all states ... to investigate and remedy any problems that will prevent our men and women serving overseas from having the opportunity to vote and have their votes counted," Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement.

According to USA Today:

-- The department sued New York after nine counties, including those in New York City, missed the deadline. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who wrote the overseas voter law, called on officials to extend the deadline to receive ballots by at least 10 days.

-- The department sued New Mexico after six counties missed the deadline. The lawsuit was settled after state officials agreed to count absentee and overseas ballots received by Nov. 6.

-- Hinojosa confirmed the department is investigating whether Illinois counties met the deadline after a county clerk said a pending court decision delayed the printing of ballots.

"They're right to be taking action," Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat with the non-partisan Overseas Vote Foundation told the newspaper. "The message is that this is serious."

An analysis by Chicago's Sun-Times found no evidence of major problems in shipping ballots overseas from Illinois.

Filed Under: Voting, 2010 Elections

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cherofnc

Sue? Should this not be a federal offense or at least a felony?

October 17 2010 at 10:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

Election fixing should be on par with RICO laws as the process of the crime is similar. ANY ONE CAUGHT WITH ANY UNAUTHORIZED BALLOTS OR CONTAMINATING VOTE TOTALS ...20 YEARS...MINIMUM!! I am sick of this country being torpedoed by slime balls. The effect of this is on each and everyone of us by a few that just want to milk the system. How about lie detector test if ant irregularities appear. That ought to put a boot on some of these slime balls. Maybe a million dollar fine for every perp.

October 17 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
enrickue

Ross Miller in Nevada is responsible for this shenanigan. Dems have been pulling all sorts of stunts in regards to the elections. They have sent out absentee ballots to Republican voters that ask them "What is your residence in a county they do not live in." The democrat voters ballots are perfectly correct, which I find to be SO VERY convenient. Reid & Son are up to their ears in trouble and are looking for any way at all to invalidate ballots. In a book by Jackson Brown it is revealed the absentee ballots seen in Harry Reids' car years earlier in another election. I guess absentee ballot "problems" tend to follow Harry everywhere.

October 17 2010 at 4:24 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
nokabosh

The DOJ knew this was going on in some states but looked the other way. They are getting in the act now after the fact to cover their butts.

October 16 2010 at 11:39 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
conceptsiw

The Democrats don't want our military patriots voting in this election. Such an event would certainly spell doom for the Dems and ultimately the current POTUS. Why do you think Nevada (Harry Reid), New York (Cuomo) and Illinois, New Mexico are on the list. The Dems would rather have the illegal immigrants voting instead of our actual citizens.

October 16 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
monseigneurdev

The Democrats have appointed The Supreme Court, taken control of the White House and both Houses of Congress and they are committed to SCREWING the American people. Don't trust the Democrats, Vote for a Republican Congress. $3-4 Trillion spent but whose life has gotten better America? Yours? Democrats want to spend Trillions more of your grandchildrens' money to enrich themselves. Stop them!

October 16 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
stimarth

The Military votes overwhemingly for the Republicans, just ask any one in the military. Why do do ya think they don't want to send the ballots.

October 16 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
George & Nancy

obama stole the last election. It is my opinion that the vote process was flawed.

October 16 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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pamg1922

You are mixed up--it was GWB who stole his appointment by the Supreme Court.

October 16 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse -20 rate up rate down Reply
nokabosh

Gore tried to steal the election and lost. Every recount showed more votes for Bush. Get the facts right.

October 16 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
luvtopleaze

Don't worry, there will be many many more absentee ballot forms sent in to vote than there are absentee voters. Obama's election was so corrupt it's a shame that this is the best this country can do ! Dead people will vote, dogs and cats will vote and children will vote ........ It will continue again this election and next ! Corruption !! Welcome to America !!!

October 16 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

These cheating states must be forced to allow counting of the mail-in ballots post Election Day for the same number of days they delayed mailing them. Problem solved.

October 16 2010 at 12:33 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
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nokabosh

You can't delay in counting the votes past the deadline. Otherwise, no one would get elected. The deadlines are set by law and if they are not met the election process goes on without them. The Dems know that and that is why in districts they control they send the ballots out late. The military vote is predominately republican.

October 16 2010 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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