Were Military absentee ballots lost that could have changed election outcome?


A story originating at TheDuffelBlog.com says that military absentee ballots were "hours after the deadline for them to be counted, with preliminary counts showing that they would have overturned the vote in several states and brought a victory for Governor Mitt Romney. Well the story is completely false.

It has been widely circulated. Several things to keep in mind on this story. The first thing to consider is that "sources" was the first word used, but not linked to or named. That in itself is not necessarily a problem since there are many credible news outlets that will claim sources without naming them. But let's be real here. This is a major presidential election. Where are the leaders of the losing party at on this? Why are they not crying out about this?

Second, according to the story,

Officials say the ballots were delivered late due to problems within the military mail system. Tracking invoices show the ballots sat in a warehouse for a month, then they were accidentally labeled as ammunition and shipped to Afghanistan.

OK if this were going on, then we have a real problem in the military. But the story continues that these ballots were packed up and sent back to the U.S., claiming the flight was delayed "so that the crew could get tax free pay for the month," but finally arriving on November 7, the very day the article was posted! There is no way votes could have been counted and changed the outcome of the election in the time they allegedly arrived and the time this story was produced.

Finally, a "Rear Admiral John Dawes" said that he had ordered that "everyone cast their votes eight months ago."

Eight months ago? Well let's see, eight months ago was March. The Republican primaries were not even finished and there were still four participants. In fact, the Democrats had not nominated anyone either.

So the truth of the matter is that none of this is true. If it were there is no doubt this would be all over the place with credible evidence to back it up by now. There isn't.

In fact, it's more obvious than you would think. TDB is a parody site. It is not a news site. The 'About Us' section provides the following info:

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  • http://gohlkusmaximus.com/ gohlkusmaximus

    It's astonishing to me how many people are completely blinded by hate and see only what they want to see. It's amazing how people can focus on one or two words, completely fail to read anything else, anticipate what they want it to say, and comment as if they had read the article.

  • CaptTurbo

    In any case our military was vote suppressed as usual. They did it in '08 too. Don't think the O'downgrade people counted on that near as much as outright voter fraud here in the States. Counties in swing states had 150+% turn out. That's where they make their gravy,

  • larrylunts

    Did any of you people actually read this story?

  • mad as hell

    the halfbreed did anything to win ,so did hitler .well what are we going to do.

  • swade_98_2

    What other Candidate did you see the Military turn their backs on in honor of Ron Paul, no other candidate had that kind of support. They did this against strick orders not to be a part in, so who do you think those votes were for, really. Ron Paul as a Write-In.

  • swade_98_2

    Our Military Votes should be counted not all the state votes are in, so they should be counted. I doubt however that they would be for Mitt Romney, after all he has the same Military Policies as Obama. Keep the war agoing, keep our nose in other countries business. Keep control of the American Population so more foreignors can come in a take over, keep our Military where the so called friendlies can get close enough to kill them. No I would say those votes would be for the candidate that Mitt Romney and his band of theives stole from, Ron Paul.

    • burtcanoe

      The Paul is nothing but a snake. I remember when he first ran Only one term maybe 2 well 20 some years later he is still lying. He loads a bill with pork that he knows will pass then votes against it and screams I voted against it! He sure is worth a lot more now than when he was a quack!

  • denny

    this story is false also where did they find many credible news teams

    • http://FrontPorchPolitics.com/ Tim Brown

      denny, does anyone read the articles or just comment on the headline? Read the article. My goodness, you would see I wrote as much.

  • Rick Johnson

    I am a retired military member and disabled vet. I still have hundreds of friends on active duty. No one can site any PROOF to back these claims. Anyone have any real evidence of these claims?

    • http://FrontPorchPolitics.com/ Tim Brown

      Rick, exactly why I pointed out this was a satire site that put out the story. Please READ the articles, not just the headlines.

  • ARMYOF69

    My brothers skrewed again .

  • Nadine

    You can not tell me our men in uniform are fighting for SOCIALISM & honor the BO in cheif! YES, If I were them I'd be BULL...and yes, it may have made a difference...NO MATTER, they deserve the right to VOTE!

  • Zulu

    The American people should be up in arms about something like this happening. Those young men and women are there risking their lives for us and they don't even get the courtesy of a vote. God bless this country.

  • ARMYOF69

    AND again, no one will face the music. Laws are only to be followed if WE THE PEONS break them, not when the almighty politicians , especially DEMONRATS.

  • merriel

    The Obumba administration could not take a chance on the military getting their absentee ballots on time. It is a fact that the military usually votes for conservatives. Obumba is not conservative. If the military had been able to vote, Romney would be our president.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Wilson-Kingsley/100000397000382 Ann Wilson Kingsley

    This story arose because there appeared to be 236,000 less absentee military ballots cast; however, soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, which could account for many of those missing ballots. Then there is another factor, Ron Paul received more military donations than any other candidate. It is already known that Romney, in spite of record turnout for the Republicans, lost over 3,000,000 Republican voters. That is according to Rush Limbaugh's figures, and by my figures the total was even higher. Independents who voted for Obama in 2008 swung to Romney in droves in this critical election. But, an odd thing happened at the polls: Romney had only 9,594 more voters than McCain had in 2008. This was in spite of the fact that all but 1 major newspaper endorsed Romney, and a former Libertarian Vice-Presidential candidate, Wayne Allyn Root, gave his endorsement. There were also other high-profile endorsements.

    Gary Johnson appeared to pick up some of those missing Republican votes; Ron Paul had write-ins; and Libertarians kept blogging on the web that they were staying home because a choice between A & A instead of a choice between A & B was too much of a waste of time; 6 hours in line to vote for Obomney made voting a low priority. Libertarian-Republican voters, Far-Right voters were disenfranchised, and that cost Republicans the election. If the Republican Party moves back to the Right - toward freedom - it will pick up not only the lost Republican voters, but most Independents. With a better educated electorate, Republicans do not win elections any more by running Democrats like Romney for president.

    • love my guns

      It seems to me if they really care about those in uniform they should be able to have the federal ballots on hand at the time the 2 runners are named and sent to ahead of time and state ballots sent shortly there after as in most cases most of our troops are a little busy to worry about state amendments and such so if the troop is registered to vote in the state then let it count NJ gov let them vote on line why can't the military vote on a secure line from there S2 or S4 office But the Dems know how the vote could go so is making every effort to stop it .Larry

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5NROVWXFJO235674VMSD2LB3M Debra H

    How strange.. |I beleive they were lost last election too.. does not seem right that the people who should for sure be able to vote are not, Those brave people who give their lives and time to protect us.. and we can't wait a day for their votes... Stupid system!

  • Teasip

    It wouldn't surprise me if they were conveniently lost. The dirtbag in the White House isn't above doing that. Who knows what other underhanded "tactics" he employed. He's a snake, a poisonous snake.

  • TexRancher

    The Obama gang got the military vote in Fla. rejected over the post mark being on the box and not on every ballot being returned FROM A WAR ZONE! Talk about being deprived of your vote! This time it's even worse. Obama knows how the military feels about him.
    Any wonder that he's trying to convert the DHS into his own private army to use against AMERICANS on AMERICAN soil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.zimmerman.77 Joe Zimmerman

    ODUMBA is a scumbag ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • 75andkickin

    Does this mean that the news item that 40,000 ballots being flown to the overseas troops were lost because of a cargo plane crash is also false? This has had me upset for 2 weeks because the government hasn't done one iota of an attempt to replace them, if true.