The latest headlines on overseas and military voting...

Checking In on Those Lingering Midterm Races
North Shore Sun, December 1, 2010
The prolonged battle between Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop and his Republican challenger, businessman Randy Altschuler, remains the only undecided race in the region — and in the country....Full Story

Checking In on Those Lingering Midterm Races
The New York Times, November 30, 2010
Since our last update, closure (or something close to closure) has come to seven of the nine midterm contests that were unresolved....Full Story

Provisional and last-minute absentee ballots bring wins for Garfield Heights trash fee, North Olmsted school tax hike
The Plain Dealer, November 23, 2010
CLEVELAND, OH -- A North Olmsted school tax hike passed today -- three weeks after the Nov. 2 election --  thanks to support in provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots....Full Story

Judge says Dem gets disputed ballot in Vt. race
Associated Press on Greenwich Time, November 23, 2010
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont judge ruled Tuesday that an overseas voter's disputed ballot was valid and Democrat Sarah Buxton was the winner by one vote in her bid to unseat Republican Rep. David Ainsworth.....Full Story

Judge: Alaska Court Must Decide Senate Dispute, November 19, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction halting the certification of Alaska's hotly contested Senate election....Full Story

Commissioner race won by 2 votes in recount
Bangor Daily News, November 19, 2010
AUGUSTA, ME — Democrat Betty Johnson of Lincolnville has won the race to become a Waldo County commissioner — by two votes......Full Story

State Elections Board in Town as 60th Senate Vote Count Continues, November 19, 2010
BUFFALO, NY -Technicians from the State Board of Elections are in Buffalo to supervise and observe testing of the electronic chips from voting machines used in the 60th district state Senate race.....Full Story

10 more votes for Maddy
Marianas Variety, November 17, 2010
The Guam Election Commission officially certified yesterday incumbent Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo as the elected delegate of Guam to the U.S. House of Representatives....Full Story

Well Past Election Day, Nine Races Still Up in the Air
Fox News, November 10, 2010
Election Day came and went more than a week ago, but some candidates are lawyering up for seven nail-biter House races and two statewide races that have yet to be called....Full Story

State regulation does allow misspelled names on some ballots
Fairbanks Daily News Miner, November 9, 2010
Joe Miller probably chose federal court instead of state court for his lawsuit about the validity of misspelled write-in ballots because of concerns that he would lose in the Alaska Supreme Court....Full Story

Races remain too close to call
Ocean City Today, November 8, 2010
After absentee ballots were counted in Worcester County last Thursday, the leaders in hotly contested state’s attorney and state Senate races both retained their leads....Full Story

Howard-Neil Race Still Twisting In Wind
The Austin Chronicle, November 5, 2010
Dist. 48 state Rep. Donna Howard and her supporters celebrated when final tallies Tuesday night showed her with a 15-vote edge over Republican challenger Dan Neil....Full Story

Alaska Senate race could be 'highest stakes spelling bee' in politics
CNN, November 4, 2010
An unyielding and exuberant Sen. Lisa Murkowski thanked her supporters on election night as she appeared headed to a once-improbable victory in Alaska's Senate contest....Full Story

Coffman Forms Military Voting Working Group
Political News.ME, November 4, 2010
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) announced he will form a working group with Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) to address military voter disenfranchisement.....Full Story

Murkowski on the brink of history
Turnagain Times, November 4, 2010
Write-in candidate may be second ever to win U.S. Senate Seat....Full Story

Tight races await absentee ballot count
Ocean City Chronicle, November 4, 2010
OCEAN CITY, MD — A majority of absentee ballots issued to Lower Shore voters will be counted today, possibly determining the outcome of several too-close-to-call elections by nightfall.....Full Story

US overseas citizens group backs pulse-taking survey
Geneva Lunch, November 3, 2010
The final vote counts are dribbling in from the closely-watched 2010 US mid-term elections....Full Story

Third Bristol recount a possibility after razor-thin GOP victory in Taunton
Taunton Daily Gazette, November 3, 2010
Taunton, MA — After coming up short by a razor-thin margin, state Rep. James Fagan is still weighing the possibility of requesting a recount....Full Story

Voter turnout expected to be up slightly from 2006
Associated Press on Google, November 2, 2010
WASHINGTON — Spurred by anger over the recession and closely contested races in several large states, Americans appeared to have voted in higher numbers Tuesday than in midterm elections four years ago....Full Story

Voting results expected much earlier tonight than during Sept. primary
Fosters' Daily Democrat, November 2, 2010
DOVER — Officials expected the results of today's election to be posted much earlier than the September primary, when bleary-eyed clerks worked well past midnight....Full Story

Illinois Challenge for Military Ballots
Fox News, November 1, 2010
As work gets underway Monday morning, members of the House Administration committee will receive a letter from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady....Full Story

Americans overseas can cast votes easier, faster
Detroit Free Press, November 1, 2010
As work gets underway Monday morning, members of the House Administration committee will receive a letter from Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady....Full Story

Database: Michigan overseas absentee voting, 2008
Citizen Times, November 1, 2010
Approximately 21,000 ballots were requested by overseas voters for the 2008 election in Michigan....Full Story

Internet Voting Arrives . . . But Is It Secret and Safe?, November 1, 2010
On Tuesday, for the first time, voters in 33 states will be able to vote using some aspect of the Internet. But no matter the outcome, experts say no one will be certain those votes haven’t been tampered with....Full Story

U.S. Bank Card Holders A Target For Global Thieves
Hartford Courant, October 31, 2010
The United States' continuing reliance on credit and debit cards that store unencrypted information on a magnetic stripe has made them a prime target for thieves in Connecticut, across the nation and abroad....Full Story

In D.C.'s Web voting test, the hackers were the good guys
The Washington Post, October 30, 2010
Last month, the District conducted an Internet voting experiment that resulted in a team from the University of Michigan infiltrating election computers so completely that they were able to modify every ballot cast....Full Story

Will those who fight for our freedom get the opportunity to vote?
The Island Packet, October 30, 2010
Military voting advocates fear American troops stationed and fighting overseas may again get the short end of the stick on Election Day....Full Story

Essential Research Needed to Support UOCAVA-MOVE Act: Implementation at the State and Local Levels
Election Law Blog, October 29, 2010
Congress's most recent effort to enable overseas and military voters to cast valid, timely ballots imposed a large number of complex tasks on State and local election administration....Full Story

Voters warned about bogus online ballots
Nashua Telegraaph, October 29, 2010
CONCORD, NH – Someone seems to be trying to trick voters into casting bogus ballots online, the attorney general’s office warns....Full Story

U.S. District Court Holds that Maryland Deadline for Overseas Absentee Ballots to be Received is Unconstitutional
Ballot Access News, October 29, 2010
On October 29, U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus, a Bush Jr. appointee, held that Maryland’s deadline for overseas absentee ballots to be received, in order to be counted, is unconstitutional....Full Story

Military counts; votes should be counted, too
The Pantagraph, October 29, 2010
Military personnel, especially those serving in war zones, should be assured that their votes will count....Full Story

Judge orders Maryland to extend deadline for overseas voters
The Daily Record, October 29, 2010
Maryland must extend its absentee ballot deadline by 10 days to accommodate uniformed service members or those who are otherwise overseas, a federal judge ruled....Full Story

Overseas voting measures aim for the local level
Government Computer News, October 29, 2010
The MOVE Act requires states to allow voters to electronically request and receive absentee ballots for federal elections, and a proposed uniform state law would extend those requirements to state and local elections....Full Story

Overseas voters rock the vote with online tools
Government Computer News, October 29, 2010
U.S. citizens who live overseas, whether military or civilian, have a host of new options for requesting, receiving and returning ballots for federal elections....Full Story

E-voting: How secure is it?
CSO, October 28, 2010
Election fraud and vote tampering is as old as government....Full Story

ND Secretary Of State Al Jaeger Sends Military Ballots Out Late
Say Anything Blog, October 28, 2010
The Secretary of State’s office is supposed to be about attention to detail....Full Story

We've come a long way in protecting votes of Texas military personnel abroad
San Antonio Express-News, October 28, 2010
Nearly 60 years ago, President Harry Truman urged Congress to ensure that members of the military serving abroad could “enjoy the rights they are being asked to fight to preserve.”...Full Story

Top Official Says DOJ Prepared To Sue States Over MOVE Act Even After Election Day, Takes Aim At IL GOP
Fox News, October 28, 2010
The head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said his department is prepared to sue states over military voters' rights even after Tuesday's mid-term elections if necessary....Full Story

Some overseas, military absentee voters get extension to return ballots
Quincy Herald-Whig, October 28, 2010
Some overseas voters will be allowed extra time for their ballots to arrive to be counted in Tuesday's election, because ballots were not sent out 45 days before the election....Full Story

Military ballot deadline missed
Clarion Ledger, October 28, 2010
WASHINGTON — In past elections, soldiers and other Americans living overseas kept phones at the Overseas Vote Foundation ringing non-stop with questions about why they had not received ballots....Full Story

Justice Dept. pushes states on new law to protect military voters
CNN, October 27, 2010
Washington -- The ballots of U.S. military personnel abroad -- even those in remote war zones -- must be received and counted before the November election results are declared final, the Justice Department's Civil Rights chief asserted....Full Story

Federal court overturns part of Arizona voting ID law
CNN, October 27, 2010
A federal appeals court has ruled against an Arizona law that requires residents to prove their U.S. citizenship to register to vote, but upheld a part of the same law that mandates residents to show identification before voting....Full Story

Military Votes From Overseas Will Be Counted
Politi FI, October 27, 2010
The Justice Department has been upping the enforcement of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which forces polling groups to count the Absentee Ballots of troops fighting abroad....Full Story

Feds force states to follow absentee voting law
Army Times, October 27, 2010
The Justice Department is cracking down on violations of a new law that expands protections for absentee voters, filing lawsuits against five states and forcing out-of-court agreements with nine others....Full Story

Feds: 65,000 overseas voters protected before vote
Associated Press on ABCNews, October 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has reached an agreement or won a court order in 14 states and territories to protect more than 65,000 overseas and military voters ahead of the Nov. 2 midterm elections....Full Story

New voting options available to servicemembers
Air Force News Service, October 27, 2010
SAN ANTONIO - As the Nov. 2 election approaches, servicemembers can take advantage of new options intended to make voting easier....Full Story

Growing number of states turn to cloud-based e-ballots for military and overseas voters
CivSource, October 26, 2010
Following the 2000 presidential elections and the Supreme Court case Gore v. Bush, national and global attention was fixed upon the state of US voting technology, or lack thereof....Full Story

Security debate grows over Internet voting
USA Today, October 26, 2010
State efforts to let military and overseas voters cast ballots using the Internet have set off warnings from computer security experts that elections could be subject to cyberattacks....Full Story

Online ballots available to overseas voters
Associated Press on, October 26, 2010
HONOLULU — Overseas military troops who want to vote in the Nov. 2 election may print out ballots online and return them without having to pay postage....Full Story

Kitsap County Recognized for Work to Make Overseas Voting Easier
Kitsap Sun, October 25, 2010
The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office was honored Monday for its swift adoption of federal legislation that makes it easier for overseas military personnel and civilians to vote....Full Story

Military Vote in Question After DOJ Gives Illinois 'Pass' on MOVE Act, Advocacy Group Warns
Fox News, October 25, 2010
Military voters from the land of Lincoln could be shut out of the midterm election after the Justice Department reached an agreement with Illinois that gave the state "a pass" for violating federal election law....Full Story

Analysis: Professor exposes more voting system flaws
CNN, October 25, 2010
In a previous posting about voting issues, I mentioned J. Alex Halderman, an assistant professor of engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, whose "resume" includes hacking into voting machines in the name of exposing security flaws....Full Story

As Election Day approaches, last-minute U.S. voters scramble to cast ballots
Overseas Vote Foundation on Expatica, October 25, 2010
You requested your ballot but didn’t receive it yet? Or maybe you just procrastinated? Fortunately, you still have time to vote in 2010 if you remember one little acronym: FWAB....Full Story

Internet could crash elections
The Temple News, October 25, 2010
Internet users can shop, pay bills and obsess over social networking sites. As of Nov. 2, United States overseas and military voters will also be able to use the Internet to cast their ballots for the midterm elections....Full Story

As e-voting comes of age, security fears mount
PhysOrg, October 24, 2010
New technologies allowing voters to cast ballots via the Internet or other electronic means are catching on in the United States and elsewhere, even as fears mount about security of the systems....Full Story

Voting Early, but Not So Often
The New York Times, October 24, 2010
Election Day is nearly upon us, but for many voters it has already come and gone. States have aggressively expanded the use of early voting, allowing people to submit their ballots before Election Day in person, by mail and in voting centers set up in shopping malls and other public places.....Full Story

Overseas voters granted extension
CNJOnline, October 23, 2010
Overseas voters from New Mexico have been granted an extension after ballots in six counties, including Curry County, were sent out past deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election....Full Story

Fed and state agree on late overseas ballots
Kane County Chronicle, October 23, 2010
The Justice Department and the State of Illinois filed a consent decree to help ensure that military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas can participate fully in the Nov. 2 federal general election....Full Story

Illinois GOP seeks to block DOJ consent decree
Election Law Center Blog, October 22, 2010
This may be the beginning of a trend - the Illinois GOP has intervened in the settlement between the DOJ and Illinois.  The Illinois GOP claims, as this blog and many have, that the proposed consent decree does not adequately protect military voters....Full Story

Overseas Military & Spouses: Get in Your Ballots ASAP
Fox News, October 22, 2010
Even though several states have failed to comply with a new federal law requiring that absentee ballots be mailed to military and overseas voters 45 days before Election Day, it doesn't mean these citizens are completely disenfranchised.....Full Story

Democracy at Risk: Act Now to Protect Military & Overseas Voting Rights
The Huffington Post, October 22, 2010
Men and women fighting for democracy abroad must participate in America's civic sacrament at home. Unfortunately, some states have failed to comply with the MOVE Act passed by the Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Obama last October....Full Story

Ill. soldiers overseas getting more time to vote
The Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Some Illinois residents serving overseas in the military will get extra time to vote in an effort to make up for absentee ballots being mailed late....Full Story

D.C. hacking raises questions about future of online voting
Stateline, October 22, 2010
For the upcoming election, Washington, D.C., was preparing to allow some voters to send their ballots in over the internet. It’s a good thing election officials tested the system first....Full Story

Justice Department agreement extends time to count military ballots in six Illinois counties
The Chicago Sun-Times, October 22, 2010
The Justice Department announced an agreement with State of Illinois election officials allowing more time for ballots from military and overseas voters to be counted in six counties where ballots were sent out late....Full Story

State of Georgia Successfully Increasing Voting Opportunities for Military and Overseas Voters
The Weekly Online, October 21, 2010
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that county elections offices have received more than 1,900 applications for absentee ballots in electronic format from the State’s military and overseas voters....Full Story

Absentee ballot deadline extended
The Photo News, October 21, 2010
ALBANY — The New York State Board of Elections has announced a nine-day extension in the deadline for the acceptance of all absentee ballots from U.S. military personnel and non-military U.S. citizens living overseas for the State of New York for the Nov. 2 general elections....Full Story

The MOVE Act
Unites States Department of Justice Blog, October 21, 2010
UOCAVA was expanded significantly in 2009, when Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act to provide greater protections for servicemembers, their families and other overseas citizens....Full Story

Absentee Ballot Deadline for Military/Overseas Voters Extended
The Madison County Courier, October 20, 2010
The state Board of Elections announced a nine-day extension in the deadline for the acceptance of all absentee ballots from U.S. military personnel and non-military U.S. citizens living overseas for the state of New York....Full Story

Voting and the American Military
Civil Military Relations, October 20, 2010
The notion that American citizens living beyond the borders of the United States should be able to vote has not always been commonly held. It was generally assumed that voting occurred only in local precincts....Full Story

Official: No problems for state military voter
Edmund Sun, October 20, 2010
EDMOND — Some states are having trouble meeting a new election deadline regarding votes from overseas military personnel....Full Story

Illinois Absentee Voters Only Get One-day Extension
Fox News, October 20, 2010
"It's a disgrace," said Beverly Perlson of the group Band of Mothers when she learned that soldiers from Illinois were only going to get a one-day extension on the deadline to get their absentee ballots postmarked....Full Story

Online Ballots Can Help Overseas Votes Count
American Forces Press Service, October 19, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven’t received an election ballot: get it online....Full Story

Flaws in D.C.'s online voting system should serve as a warning to all states
The Washington Post, October 19, 2010
D.C. officials shouldn't be embarrassed, because their willingness to have a public test is an important wake-up call about the potential dangers of Internet voting....Full Story

They protect democracy. Let's protect their votes
Stars and Stripes, October 18, 2010
Americans serving overseas have faced numerous obstacles to participating in their own elections. Next month, however, men and women in the armed forces, their families and civilians stationed abroad have a historic chance to cast ballots....Full Story

Overseas Service Members Can Email or Download Absentee Ballot for Delegate Race
Pacific News Center, October 17, 2010
Guam -  The Guam Election Commission filed its plan of compliance with the District Court to satisfy the requirements of the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act....Full Story

No evidence of big overseas military problem in Illinois, despite GOP claims
The Chicago Sun-Times, October 16, 2010
WASHINGTON--Contrary to assertions by Illinois Republicans, there is no major problem in shipping out ballots to military personnel serving overseas, according to an analysis by political writer Abdon M. Pallasch....Full Story

Absentee Ballots Mailed Late to Overseas Voters
ABC News, October 16, 2010
The department sued New York after nine counties, including those in New York City, missed the deadline. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who wrote the overseas voter law, called on officials to extend the deadline to receive ballots by at least 10 days....Full Story

Are you ready for Internet voting? For millions of Americans overseas, it's the only way to ensure their votes are counted
San Gabriel Valley, October 16, 2010
Have you ever tried to vote in a United States election while overseas? There are an estimated 6 million overseas Americans who are quite as eligible to vote as those of us living here. But many have found the experience most unpleasant....Full Story

Elections Officials Sued for Mailing Late Overseas Absentee Ballots
Politics Daily, October 15, 2010
The federal government has sued elections officials in three states for missing a new deadline to mail ballots to voters overseas....Full Story

State extends overseas absentee-ballot deadline
Politics on the Hudson, October 15, 2010
Following a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department, the state Board of Elections announced today that there will be a nine-day extension of the deadline for receipt of overseas military ballots....Full Story

Handful of Illinois counties miss military ballot deadline, GOP threatens lawsuit
Ballot News, October 15, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, IL: A new report found that 26 counties in Illinois missed the September 18, 2010, deadline to send out military and overseas ballots. WLS-TV in Chicago got hold of a report from the Illinois State Board of Elections which revealed the counties that missed the deadline.....Full Story

Many overseas soldiers get ballots late
The Chicago Sun-Times, October 15, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a third of the state's 110 election authorities failed to ship out ballots to military and overseas voters by the federal deadline of Sept. 18, but Illinois election officials say they are working with the U.S. Justice Department to ensure all the ballots are counted by the deadline....Full Story

Overseas absentee ballots mailed out late
USA Today, October 15, 2010
WASHINGTON — With less than three weeks to go before the midterm election, a growing number of states are coming under pressure from the Justice Department for missing a new deadline to mail ballots to troops and overseas voters....Full Story

Will Online Voting Turn Into an Election Day Debacle?
Time, October 15, 2010
A little more than 24 hours after online ballots started pouring into the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections and Ethics in late September, it became apparent that something was amiss....Full Story

Ballots mailed out late for overseas troops
Army Times, October 15, 2010
WASHINGTON — With less than three weeks to go before the midterm election, a growing number of states are coming under pressure from the Justice Department for missing a new deadline to mail ballots to troops and overseas voters....Full Story

Justice Department moves to counter overseas absentee ballot lag
Stars and Stripes, October 14, 2010
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — As the Nov. 2 midterm election nears, the U.S. Justice Department has stepped in on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of military and overseas voters whose absentee ballots are in danger of not being counted....Full Story

Court asked to extend absentee ballots deadline
Marianas Variety, October 14, 2010
The Guam Election Commission asked the federal district court to extend the deadline in receiving and counting absentee ballots for the congressional election from Nov. 2 to 15 to ensure that military and overseas-based voters are able to participate in this year’s general polls....Full Story

Feds slap New York's Board of Elections with lawsuit over absentee ballot delay
NY Daily News, October 13, 2010
The feds slapped a lawsuit on the beleaguered state Board of Elections Tuesday for blowing the deadline to mail absentee ballots for troops serving overseas....Full Story

Most counties shipped ballots to military, overseas voters
The Chicago Sun-Times, October 13, 2010
The State Board of Elections is surveying election authorities in every county in the state to see if they shipped out election ballots to military and other overseas voters by the Sept. 18 deadline the federal law requires....Full Story

Computer Scientists, Election Integrity Advocates Question Feasibility of "Digital Democracy"
Truthout, October 13, 2010
Despite the recent hack during public testing of DC's Internet voting pilot, elections entrepreneurs, along with some state officials and voter advocates, continue to make headway as they push for the adoption of i-voting technology....Full Story

U.S. Sues Over Ballots
The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2010
The Justice Department sued New York state, seeking to force the state to count late ballots cast by military members and other absentee voters overseas because the state was tardy in sending out the ballots....Full Story

Justice Dept. sues New York for military absentee ballot delay
The Washington Post, October 13, 2010
The Justice Department is suing New York State and has settled a similar case with New Mexico for missing deadlines to mail ballots to overseas troops as part of a new federal overseas voting law....Full Story

Law creates issues for absentee ballots, October 13, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Election day is weeks away, but many service members and people living overseas from Erie County will be getting their absentee ballots late. The question now is will they be back in time to be counted?.....Full Story

Military ballots may not count in Illinois
WLS, October 13, 2010
CHICAGO - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters as part of a new federal overseas voting law.....Full Story

Justice Department, New Mexico Reach Agreement on MOVE Act Enforcement
Fox News, October 13, 2010
The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with New Mexico election officials to force compliance with a federal law aimed at protecting military voting rights....Full Story

U.S. Sues To Ensure Military Votes Are Counted
The New York Times, October 12, 2010
WASHINGTON — The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department sued New York State on Tuesday to guarantee that state election officials take extra steps to count absentee ballots cast by military service members and other overseas voters in the Nov. 2 election....Full Story

Seven Kansas counties miss U.S. deadline for mailing troop ballots
Kansas Reporter, October 12, 2010
TOPEKA, KS - Seven Kansas counties apparently violated new federal voting laws by failing to mail advance ballots soon enough to 81 military members serving overseas, the Kansas Secretary of State said....Full Story

Feds, NM reach agreement over voter violations
The Associated Press on, October 12, 2010
SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera has reached a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle a complaint that election officials violated federal law by missing a deadline to send ballots for the Nov. 2 election to voters living overseas....Full Story

The Cypress Times, October 12, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of New York seeking relief to help ensure that military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas have the opportunity to participate fully in the Nov. 2, 2010, federal general election and future federal elections....Full Story

Feds to Sue New York Board Over Military Voting Violations, State Official Says
Fox News, October 12, 2010
The New York State Board of Elections has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle a lawsuit targeting New York City and four other counties the DOJ has accused of violating the MOVE Act....Full Story

Early Voting Underway
The Huffington Post, October 11, 2010
Voters have already begun casting their ballots for the 2010 midterm elections. Some states provide daily or weekly updates on the number of early voters and may provide additional information, such as the party registration, gender, race, and age of these voters. I track all of this information here....Full Story

Board of Elections gaffe may nullify New York soldiers' overseas absentee ballots
The NY Daily News, October 11, 2010
The Board of Elections is facing another "royal screwup" - this time for failing to ship absentee ballots to New York troops serving overseas....Full Story

Mayor Bloomberg Slams Board of Elections for Failure to Mail Military Ballots
Fox News, October 11, 2010
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed the state's Board of Elections on Monday for failing to mail out absentee ballots to military and overseas voters from New York City and four additional counties....Full Story

New York Violating MOVE Act
Fox News, October 10, 2010
More than one week after its extended deadline, New York still hasn’t mailed out absentee ballots to all its 320,000 military servicemen and women and overseas voters, in clear violation of the MOVE Act, has learned....Full Story

Military voters to receive absentee ballots by Email
The Observer, October 9, 2010
ALBANY - The New York State Board of Elections, in complying with the MOVE Act (Military & Overseas Voters Empowerment), has established a new webpage to allow military and overseas voters to obtain their general election ballots by email in addition to the existing fax and mail options....Full Story

The military’s right to vote
The American Legion, October 8, 2010
A decade removed from the dramatic 2000 general election when a handful of votes decided the U.S. presidency - including many U.S. Navy absentee ballots that were previously rejected and then counted later - the problem of polling active-duty troops overseas is far from resolved....Full Story

Security Researchers Find Flaw in DC Online Voting Trial
Web Host Industry Review, October 7, 2010
When the DC Board of Elections and Ethics invited hackers to test the security of its digital voting pilot project last week, a research team at University of Michigan was able to breach the system within 36 hours....Full Story

Prof who hacked DC elections test site testifies
The Chicago Tribune, October 8, 2010
WASHINGTON — A University of Michigan professor who with his students hacked a prototype D.C. voting website and had it play the school's fight song said Friday that it will be decades, if ever, before voting can be performed safely over the Internet....Full Story

State Making it Easier for Military to Vote, October 8, 2010
It's going to be easier for military personnel serving overseas to get involved in the upcoming general election....Full Story

The Cypress Times, October 8, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with Nevada officials to help ensure that military service members and U.S. citizens living overseas have an opportunity to participate fully in the Nov. 2, 2010, federal general election....Full Story

Guam sued for late mailing of ballots to troops and other overseas voters
Stars and Stripes, October 7, 2010
TOKYO — The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Guam and its election officials because they failed to mail out absentee ballots for overseas voters – including servicemembers – for this November’s election by a Sept. 18 deadline....Full Story

GEC ordered to appear in court next week
Kuam News, October 6, 2010
Guam - The Guam Election Commission has been ordered to appear in the U.S. District Court of Guam next Wednesday to show cause why it should not be required to remedy the violations of the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 1986....Full Story

Overseas Digital Voting Suspended Due to Security Concerns
LA News Monitor, October 6, 2010
Security flaws were discovered in Washington's new Digital Vote by Mail system while being tested by researchers leading to its suspension. The service was being started to allow overseas voters to cast their ballot in the November elections....Full Story

The meaning of Alex Halderman’s successful attack on the DC Internet voting system
Verified Voting Blog, Guest post by Dr. David Jefferson, October 6, 2010
University of Michigan Prof. Alex Halderman has now released some details about his successful attack on the District of Columbia’s proposed Internet voting system which has been under test for the last week....Full Story

Troops can get e-mailed ballots, online tracking
USA Today, October 6, 2010
NASHVILLE, TN — Military voters in Tennessee and Kentucky who are overseas during the Nov. 2 election can now get their ballots by e-mail and track their ballot online under new federal voting requirements....Full Story

Security concerns prompt D.C. to suspend Web-based overseas voting
ComputerWorld, October 6, 2010
Security issues have prompted election officials in the District of Columbia to suspend a service that aimed to allow overseas voters to cast their ballots via the Web in the November elections....Full Story

Guam hit with lawsuit over absentee ballots
Navy Times, October 6, 2010
The Justice Department filed suit against Guam in the first public signal that the government has been checking to make sure states and territories are following federal law to ensure that military and overseas voters are given sufficient time to cast their absentee ballots....Full Story

Military Voters to Receive Absentee Ballots by Email
Gouverneur Times, October 5, 2010
The New York State Board of Elections, in complying with the MOVE Act, has established a new webpage to allow military and overseas voters to obtain their general election ballots by email in addition to the existing fax and mail options....Full Story

Law adds protections for troops voting overseas
The Virginian-Pilot, October 2, 2010
A new federal law has kicked in just in time to ease the way for service members deployed overseas to vote in next month's election....Full Story

Casting A Ballot From Overseas, October 1, 2010
One of those deadlines has already passed. Called the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, it means ballots had to be sent out no later than September 17th to those serving overseas in the military or living out of the country....Full Story

Military voting: a tale of two counties
The Daily Caller, October 1, 2010
Fairfax County is Virginia’s wealthiest and most populous county.  Fairfax County is in the forefront of facilitating election participation by members of the armed forces, especially those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships at sea, where mail service is often slow and intermittent....Full Story

Group: Ballot deadline missed
South Bend Tribune, October 1, 2010
SOUTH BEND — A group that advocates for military voting rights has reported that St. Joseph County missed this year's deadline for mailing absentee ballots to service members overseas....Full Story

U.S. Voters Abroad Test Efforts To Expedite Balloting
NPR, September 29, 2010
It's not easy to vote if you're an American living overseas or serving in the military....Full Story

GOP senators urge push for states, counties to get ballots to troops
CNN, September 29, 2010
WASHINGTON - Several Republican lawmakers Wednesday urged Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately force states and counties that missed the deadline for mailing military absentee ballots to act promptly to ensure men and women in uniform can vote in time for the November election....Full Story

Some troops may not get ballots in time, September 29, 2010
MOBILE, AL - Election Day will be here before we know it. Troops overseas need to be given ample time to get their votes in, but U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions says many states are failing to mail out their absentee ballots on time....Full Story

E-mail eases voting for military and others overseas, September 28, 2010
Voters from Tennessee who are overseas now have a faster option for voting absentee....Full Story

Will the MOVE Act have an effect on the midterm elections?
The Daily Caller, September 28, 2010
One thing to be on the look out for this election cycle is whether the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act) actually increases the number of military votes and has an effect on the midterm elections....Full Story

Pentagon urging troops to get absentee ballots
The Washington Post, September 28, 2010
Election Day is exactly six weeks away and the Pentagon this week is reminding troops and their families stationed overseas to request absentee ballots as soon as possible....Full Story

Officials encouraged by early return of overseas ballots
Stars and Stripes, September 28, 2010
WASHINGTON — Early absentee ballot returns have left military voting officials hopeful that overseas troops will face fewer challenges casting a vote in this year’s elections than ever before....Full Story

Military's absentee voting week starts today
Stars and Stripes, September 27, 2010
Officials at the Federal Voting Assistance Program will launch their biennial absentee voting week reminders, letting overseas troops know that it's already time to start thinking about the November elections....Full Story

The Army Voting Assistance Program
Military Avenue, September 27, 2010
The U.S. Army Voting Assistance Program informs and educates Soldiers and their eligible dependents on their right to vote. The goal is to encourage our Army community to participate in our nation's voting process and know their vote will be counted no matter where they are stationed....Full Story

Experts raise warning flags over D.C. Internet voting plan
The Washington Post, September 27, 2010
A national good-government organization and a group of leading computer scientists are raising concerns about a new Internet voting initiative set to debut for District voters in the coming weeks....Full Story

As Laws Shift, Voters Cast Ballots Weeks Before the Polls Close
The New York Times, September 27, 2010
CINCINNATI — At least one-third of all ballots across the country this year will be cast before Election Day, party officials said, reflecting a steady rise in early voting that is profoundly influencing how political campaigns are conducted in many parts of the country....Full Story

Georgia's military and overseas voters can now access ballots online
Rome News-Tribune, September 25, 2010
For the first time in history, ballots are being delivered electronically to Georgia’s military and overseas voters for the 2010 General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced....Full Story

Election Day already over for many Floridians as early voting surges
St. Petersburg Times, September 25, 2010
TALLAHASSEE — Election Day already is over for thousands of Floridians. The first 3,000 mail ballots cast are just a fraction of the eventual turnout but represent the changing landscape of elections in Florida....Full Story

Congress seeks state absentee ballot compliance
Navy Times, September 24, 2010
Lawmakers are urging the Justice Department to monitor the states to ensure they have complied with the law that requires them to send unmarked absentee ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before the upcoming elections....Full Story

Soldiers and Overseas Voters, September 24, 2010
BILLINGS - Montanans in the military and overseas now have a quicker and more accurate way to vote. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch launched an online service to make it easier for overseas voters....Full Story

Absentee ballots for military, overseas voters available
Nodaway News, September 24, 2010
Absentee ballots for the November 2, 2010 General Election are available to military and overseas voters, and for the first time, voters may choose to receive their ballot by secure e-mail....Full Story

GEC Faces Legal Action From DOJ Next Week Over Absentee Ballots
Pacific News Center, September 24, 2010
GUAM - The clock continues to tick as the Guam Election Commission (GEC) figures out how to comply with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act and send out absentee ballots for the Guam Delegate race as soon as possible....Full Story

Denying Our Soldiers The Vote, September 23, 2010
The Department of Justice is failing to enforce a law that protects the voting rights of soldiers overseas. They're allowed to fight and die for their country, but they can't vote for its leaders....Full Story

Overseas Vote Foundation and FedEx Express renew ballot return initiative, September 23, 2010
One complaint that deters many Americans—young and old—from voting overseas is the idea that absentee ballots do not count in elections.  Absentee ballots do count, but many young Americans living abroad struggle with casting their ballots....Full Story

Online election service for overseas residents, military personnel launched
Great Falls Tribune, September 23, 2010
HELENA — Montana's overseas residents and military personnel will have an easier time making sure their votes count during the upcoming election, thanks to a new online election service....Full Story

Voting overseas
Yokota Air Base, September 21, 2010
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Per the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), starting with the 2 Nov 2010 general elections, States must send ballots to military voters 45 days before the election....Full Story

Waiver on ballot deadline is not effort to disenfranchise military
The Olympian, September 21, 2010
The state of Washington has applied for and received a waiver from the military's requirement that ballots to members of the Armed Forces be mailed at least 45 days before the General Election....Full Story

Absentee ballots by secure e-mail now available for military voters, September 20, 2010
ST. LOUIS, MO - Absentee ballots for the November 2, 2010 general election are available, and there is a new way for overseas and military voters to cast their vote. For the first time, these voters may choose to receive their ballot via secure e-mail....Full Story

Georgia's military and overseas voters can now access ballots online
Rome News-Tribune, September 20, 2010
For the first time in history, ballots are being delivered electronically to Georgia’s military and overseas voters for the 2010 General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today....Full Story

Early bird gets the vote? Pols hunt early ballots
Associated Press hosted on Google, September 19, 2010
WASHINGTON — Candidates of all political stripes are latching on to the tantalizing reality that a huge — and growing — chunk of voters casts ballots well ahead of Election Day....Full Story

The Cypress Times, September 18, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that it has reached agreements with Colorado, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Hawaii officials to help ensure that military service members and U.S. citizens living overseas have an opportunity to participate fully in the Nov. 2, 2010 federal general election....Full Story

Online voting begins for military, overseas
News and Sentinel, September 18, 2010
PARKERSBURG, WV - Absentee voting online for military personnel, their spouses and overseas citizens for the Nov. 2 General Election began Friday....Full Story

State to ship absentee ballots to military, overseas voters
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, September 18, 2010
Hawaii will use FedEx and Express Mail to send absentee ballots to several hundred overseas and military voters for the Nov. 2 general election, under an agreement reached between the state and the U.S. Justice Department....Full Story

New Tool Helps MN Voters Check Status Of Absentee Ballots
Northland's News Center, September 17, 2010
SAINT PAUL, MN - On the opening day of absentee balloting for the 2010 general election, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie unveiled a new online feature that will help voters check the status of their absentee ballots....Full Story

Revamped voting procedures, meant to avoid 2008 recount hassles, begin today for general election
MinnPost, September 17, 2010
And you thought Election Day is Nov. 2? Wrong. Voting begins today in all 87 Minnesota counties for those who want to vote via absentee ballot, either by mail or in person at city halls and county courthouses from Grand Marais to Pipestone....Full Story

Cornyn Slams Justice Department Over 'Failure' to Protect Military Voting
Fox News, September 17, 2010
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is calling for congressional hearings into what he suggests is the Justice Department’s failure to protect the voting rights of American soldiers overseas, even as the DOJ announced that it had reached a series of agreements to ensure those voting rights....Full Story

Justice Department Reaches Agreement to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in Alaska
The Cypress Times, September 16, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced that it has reached an agreement with Alaska officials to help ensure that military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas have an opportunity to participate fully in the Nov. 2, 2010, federal general election....Full Story

Murdock: Justice Dept. sleeps on delay of overseas ballots
Scripps News, September 16, 2010
Imagine if five states announced that they lacked the money and manpower to ship ballots before the fall federal election to precincts in predominantly black rural counties. The Justice Department appropriately would shift into fifth gear to assure that those Americans could vote on November 2....Full Story

Overseas citizens to get ballots earlier
The Badger Herald, September 15, 2010
Wisconsin military personnel and citizens overseas will receive absentee ballots earlier this election season after a federal judge approved a new agreement between the Government Accountability Board and the U.S. Department of Justice....Full Story

Military, overseas voters first to receive postal ballots
Pasadena The Citizen, September 14, 2010
The Harris County Clerk will mail approximately 15,000 postal ballots on Saturday, Sept. 18. Two-thirds of the first postal ballots mailed this election cycle will be to military and overseas voters....Full Story

Milam, Albano Want Overseas Military to Vote Online
Cape May County Herald, September 13, 2010
TRENTON, NJ  — A group of Democratic legislators are pushing a bill that would make it easier for members of the military stationed overseas to vote in certain elections by establishing an Internet-based pilot project....Full Story

Overseas vote deal reached: State, federal government come to terms on absentee ballots conflict
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, September 9, 2010
State elections officials said they have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out a new federal law protecting the rights of military and overseas voters....Full Story

Absentee ballots: It's easier to vote, so why aren't more people voting?
The Christian Science Monitor, September 8, 2010
Election day is now less than two months away. Have you voted yet? Just kidding. But absentee ballots and early voting are an increasingly common aspect of US politics....Full Story

Editorial: Moving state primary date unnecessary
Appleton PostCrescent, September 7, 2010
APPLETON, WI - Every American eligible to vote should be able to vote. That includes members of our military who are serving overseas...While there's nothing special about the [primary] date, moving the primary is unnecessary....Full Story

Controversy Over Washington State Military Ballots, September 7, 2010
Tuesday is the day that Washington state certifies the election results from last month's primary. Once the state certifies results, counties start working on the ballots for the November election. As many as 60,000 ballots will be going to overseas and military voters....Full Story

Critics are misinformed on military ballot waiver
The Daily News Online, Editorial, September 7, 2010
LONGVIEW, WA - We anticipated the Pentagon's recent approval of this state's request for a one-time waiver from the new federal law requiring military and overseas ballots to be mailed 45 days before the general election. What we did not anticipate was the criticism that news of this waiver generated....Full Story

Ballots for military to be sent by e-mail
Northwest Arkansas Online, September 7, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, AK - Military troops and civilians working overseas will receive absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 election by email this year under a new federal law that requires electronic transmission of local ballots to overseas voters....Full Story

N.J. lawmakers push for internet-based voting plan for military
The Associated Press on, September 5, 2010
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey lawmakers are working on an Internet-based pilot program that would allow members of the military stationed overseas to vote in certain state elections....Full Story

A vote for an earlier primary
Denver Post, Editorial, September 1, 2010
Running elections is a complicated business, and no undertaking illustrates this better than the task of getting ballots to voters living abroad or serving in the military overseas....Full Story

Overseas Voter Foundation applauds Department of Defense on MOVE Act efforts, September 2010
The Overseas Voter Foundation (OVF) recognizes the efforts of the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, and election officials in 55 states and territories, for implementing the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009....Full Story

Confusion over absentee ballots for primary election
Hawaii News Now, August 31, 2010
HONOLULU - Hundreds of Hawaii military and overseas voters are already receiving their absentee ballots for the primary election....Full Story

Our view: Don’t let red tape interfere with voting
La Crosse Tribune, Editorial, August 30, 2010
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and the U.S. Department of Defense seem to be facing a standoff about the deadline for providing a November ballot to military personnel and their families who are stationed overseas....Full Story

Delaware receives waiver on mailing ballots overseas
Delaware Online, August 28, 2010
DOVER, DE — Delaware received a waiver Friday from a federal deadline to mail ballots to overseas voters -- but the state still intends to meet the deadline....Full Story

Colorado refused waiver on military ballots
Associated Press on Washington Examiner, August 27, 2010
DENVER  — Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has ordered county clerks to comply with demands from the federal government after Colorado was denied a waiver to exempt the state from a federal requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election....Full Story

Candidates for Governor Want to Move Primary
Associated Press on, August 27, 2010
MADISON, WI — All three major candidates for governor say they want to move the date of Wisconsin's primary so voters in the military and others overseas have plenty of time to cast ballots....Full Story

DOD denies 4 states military ballot law waiver
MSNBC, August 27, 2010
MADISON, WI — Four states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands were denied requests on Friday to ignore a new federal law meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas, while five states were granted the waiver....Full Story

State request for exemption on voting timetable fails
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, August 27, 2010
Madison, WI — The U.S. Defense Department is denying Wisconsin's request for a one-time release from a new federal law protecting the rights of military and overseas voters....Full Story

Key Toss-Up Races Held in States Where Military Absentee Ballots Face Delays
Fox News, August 27, 2010
Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Michael Bennet of Colorado are just two incumbents locked in tight re-election races in states where local officials have warned they will likely not be able to ship out general election ballots to overseas military voters by the Sept. 18 deadline....Full Story

MARYLAND: State withdraws military voting act waiver request
Associated Press on Delmarva Now, August 26, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Maryland elections officials say they no longer need a waiver to a federal law designed to give voters overseas more time to send ballots....Full Story

Military Absentee Voting Pilot Program Downed By Expensive Payout
Fox News, August 26, 2010
Military voters from at least six states will be unable to participate fully in a Defense Department  pilot program -- substantially reducing their opportunity to vote in November -- because a private election software company is dragging its feet....Full Story

Vermont primary voter turnout better than expected
Burlington Free Press, August 25, 2010
Summer-long fears of a vote without voters proved groundless, as more than 100,000 people participated in the state primary. The turnout — about 23 percent of 440,000 registered voters — was almost three times that of two years ago....Full Story

10 States Seek Waiver to Comply With Military Voting Law's Absentee Ballot Rules
Fox News, August 25, 2010
Ten states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands are all seeking waivers exempting them from complying with the new law -- the Move Act -- that requires all states to mail absentee ballots to overseas military voters 45 days before Election Day....Full Story

Internet Voting
Verified Voting Blog, August 18, 2010
More than just a topic of discussion, this year eighteen states will allow overseas ballots to be returned via email in November’s elections. Yet according to security experts, voted ballots sent via Internet simply cannot be made secure....Full Story

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Announces Launch of Enhanced Online Absentee Ballot Request Service
Enhanced Online News, August 18, 2010
AUGUSTA, ME -- Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap today announces that the Online Absentee Ballot Request Service for the November General Election is now available....Full Story

State provides absentee ballots to military and overseas voters
Cumberland Times-News, Editorial by Ed Chow of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, August 16, 2010
Recently there was some press coverage on the subject of absentee ballots for military and overseas voters. The purpose of this letter is to ensure that you have the facts on this issue....Full Story

Military & overseas voters to see streamlined process, August 16, 2010
MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama's military and overseas voters, for the first time in history, will have a faster and more convenient way to receive their absentee ballots for November's federal elections through the use of electronic transmission....Full Story

News Observer, August 13, 2010
Last week, in a welcome development, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed a package of bills passed by the General Assembly that should assist military personnel based here in specific ways....Full Story

New System Helps Military And Overseas Voters Cast an Absentee Ballot
Press & Dakotan, August 12, 2010
PIERRE, SD — Military and overseas voters can take advantage of a new system developed by the office of the South Dakota Secretary of State to speed the delivery of their absentee ballots....Full Story

Guard members encouraged to vote while deployed
Sioux City Journal, August 11, 2010
It may not top the "to do" list for Iowa National Guard members deploying to Afghanistan, but the military and state election officials are encouraging them to vote in this fall's general election....Full Story

New system lets Md. absentee voters print out their ballots, even overseas
Maryland Reporter, August 08, 2010
A new system launched last week by the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship will allow Maryland voters, even those overseas or in the military, to access and print out absentee ballots online....Full Story

E-voting? Not ready yet
OregonLive, August 6, 2010
Last weekend's primary election held by the new Independent Party of Oregon may be remembered not for its oddly disparate slate of winners but for being the first binding online primary election in American history....Full Story

Debate Over Voter Turnout in Early Primary
Northland's NewsCenter, August 5, 2010
DULUTH, MN - With less than a week to go, as candidates debate, so do political analysts over the effect the early, August 10th primary could have on voter turnout....Full Story

Overseas ballots: The problem is politics, not voting
The Durango Herald, August 6, 2010
State Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, has been criticizing Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher's handling of voting by overseas military personnel. The situation, however, seems more political than problematic....Full Story

Ehrlich chastises state on military voting request
The Washington Post, August 6, 2010
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) took aim Thursday at the state's decision to seek a waiver from a new federal law that requires mailing absentee ballots to overseas military personnel at least 45 days before an election, a measure meant to ensure those votes are counted....Full Story

Republicans criticize voter waiver request
The Capital Hometown Annapolis, August 6, 2010
Maryland has requested a waiver from a federal election law requiring absentee ballots to be sent to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before an election, drawing the ire of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and other leading Republicans....Full Story

How the World Votes
The Huffington Post, Guest Blog by David Orr, August 5, 2010
In late July when I traveled to Brussels, Belgium for an international conference of election authorities (no taxpayer money involved) I was reminded that we have not cornered the market on inventiveness in elections....Full Story

First time ever MD will deliver absentee ballots via the Internet, August 4, 2010
Beginning with the upcoming gubernatorial primary election in September, voters in Maryland will have a new method of voting available to them....Full Story

DOJ Responds to Accusation of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military
Fox News, August 4, 2010
The Department of Justice denied accusations by former voting section attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act....Full Story

Is the DOJ Failing to Ensure Troops' Voting Rights?
Fox News, August 4, 2010
There are new developments into accusations that the Department of Justice may not plan to actively enforce a law aimed at protecting the voting rights of troops serving overseas....Full Story

The story behind our military voting waiver request
Washington Secretary of State Blogs, August 2, 2010
In recent days, our office has received some inquiries about a federal waiver request to the U.S. Department of Defense by our Elections Division in early July dealing with military voters....Full Story

Obama admin pushes back hard on right's charge that it's not protecting military voters
The Washington Post, August 2, 2010
Have you heard the right wing's latest attack on the Obama Justice Department? It goes like this: The department is "ignoring" a new law designed to protect the voting rights of overseas members of the military....Full Story

Cornyn presses Attorney General Holder to protect the voting rights of U.S. Troopers
Wilson County News, July 29, 2010
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing serious concerns about recent reports on the U.S. Department of Justice’s reluctance to enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act....Full Story

DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military
Fox News, July 28, 2010
The Department of Justice is ignoring a new law aimed at protecting the right of American soldiers to vote, according to two former DOJ attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act....Full Story

Putnam commissioners approve online ballots for voters abroad
Saturday Gazette-Mail, July 27, 2010
WINFIELD, WV -- Putnam County residents out of the country during the state's upcoming elections will be able to vote online, county commissioners said.....Full Story

Online program helps military families vote absentee
Saturday Gazette-Mail, July 27, 2010
WINFIELD, WV -- Putnam County residents out of the country during the state's upcoming elections will be able to vote online, county commissioners said....Full Story

Online Voting Becomes Reality In West Virginia, May 11, 2010
CHARLESTON -- A few years Scott Bandy was a registered Kanawha County voter living in Ireland. He and his wife still wanted to take part in the election process....Full Story

Good idea? Internet voting coming to U.S. elections for military, overseas citizens
CrunchGear, May 9, 2010
Thirty-three states here in the good ol’ U.S. will allow military and overseas citizens to vote via the Internet beginning with the mid-term election in November. This is being done in part to ensure that overseas voters’ votes, you know, count....Full Story

States Move to Allow Overseas and Military Voters to Cast Ballots by Internet
The New York Times, May 7, 2010
WASHINGTON — Nearly three million overseas and military voters from at least 33 states will be permitted to cast ballots over the Internet in November using e-mail or fax, in part because of new regulations proposed last month by the federal agency that oversees voting....Full Story

Pentagon Hopes Online Ballots Boost Overseas Voting
Burn After Reading, May 3, 2010
The Defense Department estimates that its implementation of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which begins this week, could make absentee voting more convenient this fall for as many as 6 million Americans living abroad....Full Story

Bill Passes Making It Easier For Overseas Troops To Vote
The Chattanoogan, April 26, 2010
A bill sponsored by Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) that will make it easier for troops stationed overseas to vote has passed. The new law allows election commissioners to email ballots that troops could then print and return by mail....Full Story

Bill to move up 2012 primary
Honolulu Star Bulletin, April 24, 2010
The state would move its primary election to August -- this year's elections would not be affected -- while other proposals still alive at the Legislature would mandate a minimum number of school days and restrict leaf blowers to daylight hours....Full Story

Mauro: Iowa tops nation in ease of military voting
Daily Times Herald, April 19, 2010
Iowa’s Secretary of State Michael Mauro says a primary goal of his tenure is the facilitating of military and overseas voting for Iowans serving their nation. His work is paying dividends....Full Story

Military overseas: America's voting rights issue, April 19, 2010
To vote in this year's election, most of us will drive a short distance to our precinct, request a ballot, vote and quickly be on our way. We sacrifice little to ensure our votes are counted. Yet, thousands of military members serving overseas find it difficult to vote....Full Story

Internet Voting New For 2010
MetroNews, April 16. 2010
West Virginia is the first state in the nation to offer Internet voting. Five counties were selected to be part of the pilot program offering overseas workers and absent military personnel the ability to cast their ballot on-line....Full Story

Military personnel overseas will receive ballots
Camarillo Acorn, April 16, 2010
County elections officials have started mailing ballots to California voters serving in the armed forces or living abroad. Secretary of State Debra Bowen reminds these voters of their rights and noted California’s early compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act....Full Story

Military Voting Rights In Virginia
Bacon's Rebellion, April 14, 2010
There are 34,477 military personnel on active duty who are legal residents of Virginia. The Virginians on active duty are serving all over the world. These individuals cannot come home to vote. If they are to vote at all, it must be by absentee ballot....Full Story

Military voting plan passes Michigan Legislature
Detroit Free Press, April 13, 2010
LANSING, MI — Legislation meant to make it easier and faster for military personnel from Michigan to vote in elections is close to becoming law....Full Story

Bill makes military voting easier
Record Herald, April 5, 2010
State Rep. Ray Pryor and the Ohio House of Representatives recently approved a bill that's purpose is to protect the votes of military personnel serving overseas....Full Story

Voter bill stuck in committee
Clanton Advertiser, March 30, 2010
Three bills sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Martin, all of which pertain to voting, have seen some action in the Alabama Legislature. The most widely publicized would allow members of the military to vote online while overseas....Full Story

Online Voting Scheduled for May Primaries
The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register, March 25, 2010
Marshall County was selected to participate through the office of the West Virginia Secretary of State in a pilot program adopted in response to the Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act....Full Story

Overseas military vote closer to law
Ludington Daily News, March 24, 2010
LANSING, MI — Legislation to help ensure votes cast by overseas military personnel can be counted in a timely manner came one step closer to reality as the Michigan Senate passed a pair of House bills....Full Story

Election law changes affect primary, filing dates
Pine and Lakes, March 24, 2010
Minnesota's primary election will be held a month earlier than in past years. The changes are the result of federal legislation to provide more time to receive and count military and overseas absentee ballots....Full Story

Forsyth Board of Elections chair heads overseas
North Fulton, March 22, 2010
FORSYTH COUNTY, GA - Gary Smith recently traveled overseas with the goal of helping improve the elections process around the world. The chairman for the Forsyth County Board of Elections served on a panel during the Overseas Vote Foundation Summit 2010 held in Munich, Germany....Full Story

Tennant Discusses International Voting Summit Live From Germany
Huntington News, March 21, 2010
CHARLESTON, WV - Using the webcasting program Skype, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant appeared on several television stations Thursday night discussing the 2010 Overseas Vote Foundation's UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) Summit in Munich, Germany....Full Story

Overseas-ballots law might shift primaries
The Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2010
Every four years, for more than three decades, voters in Maryland and the District of Columbia have been going to the polls for primary elections in September after the kids are back in school....Full Story

Secretary of State Tennant Attends Summit in Germany, March 18, 2010
CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is representing the state at the Overseas Vote Foundation U.O.C.A.V.A. Summit in Munich, Germany....Full Story

Primaries move back to March
PJStar, March 17, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Voters and county clerks across Illinois can breathe easier. Primary elections are headed back to March....Full Story

Markell right in speeding process of voting overseas
Delaware Online, March 13, 2010
Gov. Markell is right to seek a temporary waiver of rules that could jeopardize the voting rights of Delaware's military residents overseas. A new federal 45-day time limit requires ballots for the general election to be printed and mailed by Sept. 18. That's an impossible two-day window....Full Story

Smith plans to introduce election reform bill, March 2010
Eau Claire, WI - A local lawmaker hopes a bill can help drive up voter turnout. Rep. Jeff Smith has been working on a voting reform bill.  Under the bill, anyone getting a new driver's license or registering their car would automatically be registered to vote....Full Story

Secretary of State Kemp Applauds Georgia House Passage of MOVE Act Legislation 
The Weekly, March 9, 2010
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp applauded the passage of legislation by the Georgia House of Representatives that will strengthen Georgia’s compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act, or MOVE Act....Full Story

Our troops should get opportunity to cast votes
The Norwich Bulletin, Editorial by Susan Bysiewicz, March 07, 2010
With more Connecticut National Guard troops deployed overseas than at any time since World War II, we are reminded every day that our military men and women make great sacrifices to protect our freedoms, including our precious right to vote....Full Story

Internet Absentee Voting Program To Be Tested in May
The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register, March 3, 2010
Marshall County has been chosen to participate in an online absentee voting project in the upcoming May primary election. The goal of the project is to give all out-of-state military personnel, as well as overseas voters, the opportunity to cast their ballots through a secure Web site....Full Story

State Senate passes electronic ballot
The State News, March 2, 2010
Jeremy Blaney remembers voting in the 2006 Michigan gubernatorial election. But not because of a shocking outcome or the long polling line. Blaney remembers because he was overseas serving in the U.S. Air Force.....Full Story

Legislation designed to make voting easier for troops from Missouri
The Associated Press, March 1, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missourians living overseas could get their ballots by e-mail along with confirmation that election officials received their votes under proposed legislation....Full Story

So troops' votes count
Rutland Herald, February 25, 2010
Williston Town Clerk Deb Beckett, who is also a member of the National Guard, understands the importance of ensuring that the ballots of our military and overseas voters can be counted. When she was deployed to Kuwait in 2005, she missed her own race for re-election....Full Story

Get ready to vote in August
Star Tribune, February 25, 2010
The Minnesota House overwhelmingly approved a measure to change the cabin season into a primary season by switching the state’s primary from September to August 10....Full Story

Help Tennessee's troops get to vote
Jackson Sun, February 21, 2010
It is only fair and right that those protecting our freedom are afforded the opportunity to vote in elections while away from home. We urge state lawmakers to pass a new law allowing election ballots to be sent electronically to Tennesseans serving overseas....Full Story

Electronic voting closer to becoming law
Clanton Advertiser, February 15, 2010
Secretary of State Beth Chapman and the Military and Overseas Voting Task Force have cleared another hurdle in making electronic voting for overseas voters a reality....Full Story

Arizona voters living abroad given options
The Arizona Republic, February 12, 2010
Arizona voters serving in the military or living overseas will soon have some new ways to assure their ballot has been counted....Full Story

Bill To Move Primary To Go Before House
Vermont Public Radio, February 11, 2010
Colchester, VT - A bill that would move Vermont's primary election to an earlier date will go before the full House for a vote next week....Full Story

Senator hopes to make voting easier for troops
The Leaf-Chronicle, February 11, 2010
The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment will have much to accomplish in the next year while deployed to Iraq, but one Tennessee state senator is hoping to make one of those tasks — voting — easier....Full Story

The Expat Factor: Making Overseas Votes Count
Politics Daily, February 10, 2010
LONDON - When the manila envelope arrived in my mailbox, I was flummoxed. Then I saw the return address: Illinois State Board of Elections. It was my ballot for the Feb. 2 primary. "Phew!" I thought. "Thank goodness it arrived on time."...Full Story

Congressional shove and bipartisan talks set stage for change
Star Tribune, Editorial, February 9, 2010
Decades of calls for an earlier primary election date in Minnesota are finally getting support at the Capitol. With bipartisan backing, early enactment appears likely of a bill to move the primary to the second Tuesday in August....Full Story

Legislators plan earlier state primary on Aug. 10
Minn Post, February 5, 2010
The long-standing tradition of holding Minnesota's primary election in early September is likely over. State officials are working to reset the primary date to August 10....Full Story

Make it easier for overseas ballots to count
The Chicago Tribune, February 3, 2010
With two razor-thin statewide races hanging in the balance, the normally mundane task of counting votes in a few straggling precincts came under a spotlight Wednesday in Cook County and Chicago....Full Story

How recount is going in Illinois
The Olympian, February 1, 2010
Secretary of State Sam Reed has sponsored a bill in the state Legislature that would allow military and overseas voters to return their ballot via e-mail or fax....Full Story

Internet Voting, Still in Beta
The New York Times, January 28, 2010
Men and women in uniform must have a fair opportunity to vote, but allowing online voting in its current state could open elections up to vote theft and other mischief....Full Story

Precinct caucuses Feb. 2 signal start to election season
ABC, January 27, 2010
The 2010 election season officially starts for the state’s political parties Tuesday, Feb. 2. That’s when the parties will have their precinct caucuses, all starting at 7 p.m., at various locations in the state....Full Story

Make military and overseas voting easier
The Seattle Times, January 25, 2010
The Washington House of Representatives understands the importance of legislation to provide options for military and overseas voters to return their ballots. The measure, House Bill 2483, passed the House unanimously....Full Story

The Internet is not a secure-enough platform for overseas voters
Sunday Gazette-Mail, Op-Ed by Julie Archer and Hedda Haning, January 21, 2010
Proponents will argue that strong voter authentication or sophisticated cryptography can secure public online elections. They would do well to listen to the independent experts who warn that no amount of authentication can do this....Full Story

House passes military overseas voting bill, January 21, 2010
MONTGOMERY, AL - Secretary of State Beth Chapman and the Military and Overseas Voting Task Force are one step closer to making electronic voting for overseas voters a reality....Full Story

Military voting bill gets out of House committee
Clanton Advertiser, January 18, 2010
CLANTON, AL - A bill aimed at making it easier for members of the military to vote while serving overseas passed out of House committee Thursday....Full Story

Faxed and e-mailed ballots the logical step
The Daily News Online, January 17, 2010
Secretary of State Sam Reed wants the Washington Legislature to make it easier for military personnel and other voters living and working overseas to return their ballots in timely fashion....Full Story

A primary election before the leaves turn?
Star Tribune, Op-Ed by Lori Sturdevant , January 16, 2010
Count me among the fans of Minnesota politics who have at one time or another opined that an earlier primary-election date would serve this democracy well....Full Story

Vermont may move primary date
Burlington Free, January 15, 2010
MONTPELIER — As Williston town clerk, Deb Beckett has sent ballots overseas to military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers and students in school abroad.....Full Story

Pentagon seeks to ensure access for service members in midterm vote
The Hill, January 9, 2010
The Pentagon is moving aggressively to ensure that military members deployed overseas can cast votes in 2010. The Federal Voting Assistance program started its training program for voting assistance officers at military bases worldwide....Full Story

Overseas military will have to register again to get ballots this year
Stars and Stripes, January 7, 2010
WASHINGTON — Military members serving overseas will have to resubmit their voter registration this year if they hope to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections....Full Story

Reed wants fax and email voting for military
Tricity Herald, January 7, 2010
Olympia Secretary of State Sam Reed wants Washingtonian citizens overseas or serving in the military to have the option of returning their ballots by fax or e-mail....Full Story

New policy designed to boost military voting
News Herald, January 3, 2010
PANAMA CITY, FL - A new Department of Defense policy will make voter registration easier for U.S. service members at all U.S. military installations worldwide....Full Story