A report on Syracuse.com focuses on New York Governor David Paterson’s decision to have the special election for the New York 23rd Congressional District on November 3rd.
The report by Mark Weiner says, “(this) will likely disenfranchise thousands of military voters deployed overseas, a former top U.S. Justice Department official said Tuesday.”
Weiner’s article says the 35-day window before the election, “makes it impossible for overseas ballots to be printed, mailed and returned in time to be counted, said Hans A. von Spakovsky, who enforced the federal Voting Rights Act at the Justice Department.”
Von Spakovsky said 7,000 soldiers from the district are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The lack of military votes could significantly hurt Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. A poll released September 24th by the conservative Club For Growth shows Hoffman in a statical three-way tie for the seat.