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Some Troops Given Incorrect Ballots, May Not Be Able to Vote

By Todd Starnes

Some members of the military serving in Afghanistan were given “incorrect ballots” and may not be allowed to vote in the presidential election, according to the father of one of those soldiers.


Michael Boynton, of Valrico, Fla., told Fox News that his son is one of the disenfranchised soldiers who may not be able to vote.

“He said they gave out the ballots and before they could do anything — like mark them, they were ordered to return them,” Boynton said. “He said they were told the ballots were incorrect — but they were never given the so-called corrected ballots.”

That was five weeks ago — and as of today those soldiers have not been given new ballots, he said.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program said in a statement they are researching the matter.

“FVAP is completely nonpartisan and works to ensure that service members are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to do so — from anywhere in the world,” FVAP Acting Director Pam Mitchell told Fox News.

Boynton said his son, who is in the Army, had a chance to look at the disputed ballots and they seemed correct.

He said it’s an outrage that his son and other members of the military may not be able to vote.

“As a parent I find this appalling and unconstitutional,” he said. “Not to allow our men and women who are putting their lives in danger on a daily basis to vote?”

Boynton placed the blame on the Obama Administration.

“Our troops do not believe President Obama is a strong commander or leader,” he said.

Even more disappointing for the proud military father — the 2012 presidential election would have been a landmark moment in his 21-year-old son’s life.

“This would have been the first time for our son to have voted,” Boynton said.