As bad as I hate to admit it, I have to agree with Mayor Bloomberg & Senator Schumer for once.
Of course, they both have most to lose (probably) by military absentee ballots;
From The New York Daily News;
The Board of Elections is facing another "royal screwup" - this time for failing to ship absentee ballots to New York troops serving overseas.
"Our troops sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms. They should never, ever be denied the right to vote," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who pushed a 2009 law establishing deadlines for mailing absentee ballots.
New York election officials were required to ship the ballots to U.S. citizens living overseas by Sept. 17. Because New York primaries were held Sept. 14, the feds granted local officials an extension until Oct. 1.
Several New York counties blew past the extension - including the city's five boroughs.
Schumer urged election officials to rush delivery of the ballots to ensure that military votes are counted.
"Put these ballots on the next plane to Afghanistan" Schumer demanded. "There is absolutely no excuse for failing to get this done."
New York State Board of Elections officials informed the feds late last week of their failure to meet the Oct. 1 deadline, which also occurred in Westchester, Putnam, Erie; and Niagara counties.
In all, there are 49,468 registered overseas voters in New York State, 20,172 of whom are in the military.
In the five boroughs, there are 36,446 registered overseas voters, including 6,557 who serve in the armed forces, election officials said.
"We send our young men and women overseas to fight and die for us, and we don't care enough to make sure they get the right to exercise their franchise?" fumed Mayor Bloomberg.
"That's what they're over there fighting for as much as anything else," he added.
City election officials said the absentee ballots for New Yorkers fighting abroad began getting shipped out on Sunday - 10 days past deadline.
City election officials, still reeling from a string of primary election snafus Bloomberg deemed a "royal screwup," said they were delayed because primary results weren't certified until last Tuesday.
Election officials reminded overseas voters that they can now sign up online at elections.state.ny.us to receive ballots.
The 2009 federal MOVE Act requires states to mail overseas ballots 45 days before the general election scheduled for Nov. 2 this year.
Absentee votes are counted until 13 days after Election Day.
State election officials said they would extend "the deadline for receiving those ballots back to New York State as much as we possibly can in compliance with our state law."