As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Thursday, September 23, 2004


Still within the MOE, but we're up by 2 in Iowa.

Andy and Jana Heiting-Doane, both 22, were at the doors of the Polk County election office when it opened at 8 a.m. They filled out two absentee ballots, later telling reporters they had voted for Kerry, as part of an event carefully choreographed by the Iowa Democratic Party.

Absentee ballots are incredibly important this election year, especially given the outright suppression of the overseas vote. After lots of pressure, the Pentagon lifted the blocks to accessing a site designed to help overseas voters vote.

The agency said the changes were made in response to concerns that some U.S. citizens living abroad and trying to access the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Web site were blocked by security measures to deter hackers.

Overseas voter advocates said people in at least two dozen countries had been blocked from the site.

The Pentagon said the changes would make the site accessible to most users, but would not automatically guarantee 100 percent access, adding that protective measures were necessary to protect the Defense Department network.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program site offers U.S. military personnel and American civilians living abroad information about voting by absentee ballot in the Nov. 2 election, with links to state election sites.

So if you need one, get your absentee ballots NOW. I hear that Overseas Voter is good for those abroad, Just Vote for those stateside.