Pentagon mum on results of military voting review

A week after a review of military voting assistance offices landed on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s desk, the Pentagon is still silent about the review’s findings.

Panetta ordered the review of the offices’ staffing in response to a firestorm of press about low military absentee ballot requests and an Aug. 31 Inspector General’s report showing that half of the 221 congressionally mandated voting assistance offices on military bases could not be reached by telephone or email during a prime season for voter registration and preparation.

The review, due Oct. 19, made it to Panetta on time, DoD spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told Human Events, but she had not other information about it.

“The report was submitted to (Panetta),” she said. “I don’t know if I can release the report yet.”

It’s not clear when that information will be public.



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