Guest Posting From: Chip Levengood, Chairman, Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF)
Hot off the press from Chicago - OVF is pleased to report another very significant victory to facilitate absentee voting by overseas citizens and uniformed military members and their families. On July 15, 2010, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) voted unanimously to approve the final draft of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act (UMOVA). The ULC promotes the adoption of identical legislation, i.e. uniform laws, to promote national unity. UMOVA, after enactment by the various states and territories, will extend the major advances and protections of the federal MOVE (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) Act to all state and local elections.
The MOVE Act, signed by President Obama in October 2009, establishes full federal guarantees to all overseas and military voters: