Rep. Allen West Criticizes DOD for Not Opening Offices Required to Help Troops Vote
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday chided Pamela Mitchell, acting director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, for not completing the goal of the MOVE Act of 2009 – to open a voter assistance office on every military installation, except in a war zone.
Mitchell testified alongside Ambassador Kenneth Moorefield, the Defense Department’s deputy inspector general for plans and operations, before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, which examined the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
West framed his question in a metaphor, asking, “If a commander says to a unit and the … first sergeant: We want the unit to go down to the motor pool, and we want to do PMCS (Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services) on vehicles, take care of our vehicle today. But instead, if the unit goes off to the barracks and they clean up the barracks, did the unit meet the commander’s mission and intent?”
“No, sir. They did not,” Mitchell responded.
West read the MOVE Act, saying it was “designed to ensure that American men and women serving overseas have every opportunity to vote, requiring military services to open a voter assistance office on every one of its installations, except in a war zone.”
COMPLETE THE ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO OF CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST BY CLICKING HERE:
- DoD: Half Of US Military Bases Lack Required Voter Assistance Offices (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Allen West Reprimands Fed Vote Assitance Director For Failure Concerning MOVE Act (freedomoutpost.com)
- Half of Military Voting Assistance Offices Not Working As Law Intended, Report Finds (cnsnews.com)