Soldier Pays $90 to Vote Absentee

What’s the value of being able to vote? For one junior Army officer, it was worth almost $100.

After 2nd Lt. Benjamin Nygaard had a few conversations with military colleagues about the challenges of getting an overseas absentee ballot in on time, he decided he wasn’t taking any chances.

A tank platoon leader stationed near South Korea’s demilitarized zone at Camp Casey, Nygaard has always been a politically active citizen, said his father, Dan Nygaard of Fort Collins, Colo.

“Via discussions with Army (non-commissioned officers), my son…developed so little faith in the military balloting system that he asked us to FedEx his mail-in ballot to him,” Nygaard said.

While officials with Colorado’s Secretary of State told Human Events they haven’t had complaints about a new state system that delivers military absentee ballots electronically and allows troops to mail them back, the return journey isn’t foolproof.

Read more from this story HERE.

  • CaptTurbo

    I wonder if he will even be allowed to vote for Romney? It seems that voting for Romney in Ohio and other battleground states can be very difficult with the rigged machines.

    • sandraleesmith46

      He’s from CO; Ft Collins is on I-25 up near the WY state line; but it’s also the home of CSU. He made SURE his vote got there; his Dad hand delivered the returned ballot; but the BIG deal is that it SHOULD NOT cost a soldier on active duty a DIME, let alone $90 to VOTE! It’s the DUTY of the military to insure they get their ballots in time and those ballots GET BACK safely to their homes of record to be counted! If NO ONE ELSE gets to vote, in an election; THOSE folks HAVE the right!

  • Douglas W. Rodrigues

    Voter machines in Nevada are maintained by SEIU members.

    • sandraleesmith46

      And OWNED by foreign nationals!