MOVE Act Assures Less Military Vote Disenfranchisement
The American, Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, October 26, 2009
The MOVE Act was designed to “ensure that absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters are aware of their voting rights and have a genuine opportunity to register to vote and have their absentee ballots cast and counted”....continue reading at The American

Lake Helen sailor can’t vote, and Dad’s on the ballot
West Volusia Beacon, October 25, 2009
Clark Long missed voting in his first presidential election because he was training as a medic. Now, because he’s stationed in a remote part of the world, he may miss his second election....continue reading at West Volusia Beacon

Nation’s First Open Source Election Software Released
Wired, October 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A group working to produce an open and transparent voting system to replace current proprietary systems has published its first batches of code for public review....continue reading at Wired

Congress passes bill to ease military voting snags
Associated Press, October 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. troops and other American voters overseas will get more time to send in their ballots and more electronic access to voting forms under legislation Congress passed Thursday....continue reading

Congress Approves Bill Helping Overseas Voters
New York Times, October 22, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - For decades, Election Day has been just out of reach for many American troops and civilians abroad. After struggling to get the paperwork needed to register, they often receive their ballots too late to return them by the deadline....continue reading at New York Times

Voting Wrongs
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Editorial, October 20, 2009
The failure on the part of state election officials to mail ballots to overseas servicemen and residents in a sufficiently timely fashion violated federal law. The votes should be counted to uphold the rights of citizens abroad and to ensure the integrity of the electoral system....continue reading at Richmond Times-Dispatch

Bill Would Give Military More Time to Vote
NPR News, October 19, 2009
ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Radio) - A measure in the Michigan House would give overseas servicemen and women more time to vote....continue reading at Michigan Radio

Help U.S. citizens abroad vote here
The Times-Call, Editorial, October 19, 2009
LONGMONT, CO - At one time, people serving in the military far from home found it difficult to get information about hometown candidates and issues if they wanted to vote. It probably stymied many from exercising their constitutional right to vote....continue reading at TimesCall

Va. must count, certify overseas absentee ballots from 2008 race
Washington Examiner, October 16, 2009
RICHMOND, VA. —  A federal judge has ruled that Virginia violated the voting rights of military service members and other Americans overseas when officials failed to mail more than 2,100 absentee ballots in time for last year's presidential election....continue reading at Washington Examiner

Virginia Failed to Mail Overseas Absentee Ballots in Time for 2008 Election
The Washington Post, October 16, 2009
A federal judge in Richmond has ruled that Virginia failed to mail more than 2,000 absentee ballots to military personnel and other overseas citizens in time for their votes to be counted in last November's presidental election....continue reading at The Washington Post

Michigan considers e-mailing absentee ballots overseas
The Detroit News, October 15, 2009
LANSING, MI - Chances of getting their votes counted are so slim for U.S. military personnel overseas, many servicemen and women don't bother to vote, according to testimony today on a bill to allow e-ballots in the state....continue reading at The Detroit News

Assuring the precious right of voting for those who assure our rights
McCook Daily Gazette, Editorial by Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, October 9, 2009
With American troops often deployed in remote or combat areas where mail service is sporadic at best it is important that the U.S. takes steps to protect the right to vote of our men and women in uniform....continue reading at McCook Daily Gazette

New rules aim to make overseas voting easier
Stars and Stripes, By Geoff Ziezulewicz, October 7, 2009
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Voting in next year’s elections is expected to get a bit easier for troops stationed in Europe, Asia or remote war zone outposts with new voting regulations in the  2010 National Defense Authorization Act....continue reading at Stars and Stripes

Absentee ballots printed without Congress candidates
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 7, 2009
The 11 counties in New York's 23rd Congressional District have already printed absentee ballots, but the candidates for the congressional special election are not on them....continue reading at Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Disenfranchised by Dave: Gov's slap to military voters
New York Post, October 7, 2009
Why does New York's Gov. David Paterson keep dis enfranchising military voters? When members of our military deploy, they're acting to protect the rights of all Americans. But they often find they've lost a crucial right of their own....continue reading at New York Post

Military ballots at risk in New York's special election
The Post-Standard, October 4, 2009
In central Afghanistan, members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division have plenty to think about during combat patrols. Figuring out how to cast a military absentee ballot for an election back home was not supposed to be among their worries....continue reading at

Va. candidates step up courting of military votes
Washington Examiner, October 2, 2009
Virginia's gubernatorial candidates jockeyed for a wealth of active-duty and veterans votes, as political groups stepped up efforts this week to help overseas military voters navigate a vexing absentee ballot process....continue reading at Washington Examiner

Military voters may be shut out in special election for N.Y.'s 23rd Congressional District
The Post-Standard, September 30, 2009
Washington, DC - Gov. David Paterson’s decision to call for a special election Nov. 3 in the 23rd Congressional District will likely disenfranchise thousands of military voters deployed overseas.....continue reading at

Scrap the runoff system
New York Daily News, September 29, 2009
Overseas and military voters are almost completely disenfranchised in runoff elections as there often isn't enough time to mail a ballot and have it returned. That's why several states already use instant runoff voting for those voters....continue reading at NY Daily News

Election boards wonder if military ballots are too costly?
News and Record, September 26, 2009
GREENSBORO, NC — An overwhelming majority of military and overseas voters did not return ballots to the United States in 2006, costing local election offices staff time and money....continue reading at

State may make military voting easier
The Detroit News, September 22, 2009
Clinton Township, MI — Responsible for the morale and discipline of 90 recruiters working throughout Michigan, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Laura Rios found herself battling her own spirits when it came to one issue: voting overseas....continue reading at The Detroit News

Remove ballot barriers for students, military
The Virginian-Pilot, September 21, 2009
New voter residency rules approved by the State Board of Elections should eliminate confusion and unnecessary obstacles that can prevent college students and members of the military from voting....continue reading at

Which American Kids Don't Have the Right to Vote? Ours!
AARO, "Perspective" by YVO Outreach Director Clair Whitmer, September 17, 2009
When foreign-born American citizens overseas turn 18, a lot of them won't be able to vote. Recently, the Uniform Law Commission took it upon itself to address this unintentional injustice....continue reading at the Association of Americans Resident Overseas

DC power brokers launch effort for federal voter registration help
The Hill, August 31, 2009
A bipartisan group of Washington power brokers wants to streamline the voter registration process by getting the federal government involved....continue reading at The Hill

Legislation Introduced Today to Fix Michigan’s Broken Military Voting System
The Michigan News, August 28, 2009
OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – A bill that will help ensure the votes of  overseas troops make it back to Michigan in time to be counted was introduced today in the State Legislature. The county clerks for Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties applauded the move....continue reading at The Michigan News

New York’s 2010 Primary Could Arrive a Little Early
The New York Times, August 28, 2009
It is hard enough to get New York voters to the polls for any September primary. But a proposal that was easily passed by the United States Senate last month could move next year’s primary to a date that may be even more challenging — the end of August....continue reading at The New York Times

Let soldiers vote
The Detroit News, Editorial, August 24, 2009
DETROIT, MI - State lawmakers can help members of the U.S. military who are serving abroad exercise their right to vote more easily with a relatively simple fix to state election laws. Clerks are urging legislators to allow servicemen and women to receive their absentee ballots by e-mail or fax....continue reading at The Detroit News

Every vote counts: Cut red tape for ballots of military personnel
Battle Creek Enquirer, Editorial, August 7, 2009
BATTLE CREEK, MI - It goes without saying that all eligible Americans should be able to voice their choice at election time. But that is not always the case for thousands of U.S. military personnel who are serving overseas and have to cast absentee ballot.....continue reading at Battle Creek Enquirer

Making it in Germany: an American getting out the vote
The Local, August 3, 2009
Absentee voter registration can be a common expatriate experience. Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO of the US Overseas Vote Foundation, has had a leading role in providing online voter registration information to Americans abroad....continue reading at The Local

Absentee ballots: Feds want states to improve tracking system
Watertown Daily Times, Editorial, August 2, 2009
WATERTOWN, NY - The federal government is nudging the states to improve their absentee ballot systems....continue reading at Watertown Daily Times

House passes bill to improve tracking of absentee ballots
Los Angeles Times, by the Associated Press, July 30, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The government would help states track absentee ballots and verify to voters that their votes are actually received and counted under legislation that passed the House on Thursday....continue reading at Los Angeles Times

House Panel Passes Rep. Susan Davis’s Election Reform Bills
No Excuse Absentee, Absentee Tracking and Election Integrity Bills Approved
VoteTrustUSA, Rep. Susan Davis, Press Release, July 30, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A package of election reform bills sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) cleared an initial hurdle today....continue reading at

The Vote and the Draft
Common, July 27, 2009
NEW YORK, NY - The voting problems military and overseas voters face can be solved by a relatively simple fix to the voter registration system, two new reports released today by the Brennan Center for Justice show....continue reading at Common

Byrd hails defense bill passage with voting rider
The Register Herald, July 26, 2009
Military personnel on overseas duty can look forward to increased voter participation in a defense bill rider approved Thursday by the Senate with strong support by Sen. Robert C. Byrd....continue reading at The Register Herald

Byrd praises Senate for military voting act
The Charleston Gazette, July 23, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., praised the Senate's unanimous passage of the "Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act" to make it easier for members of the Armed Services to cast votes using absentee ballots....continue reading at The Charleston Gazette

Absentee voter reform approved by Senate
Army Times, July 23, 2009
A long-sought overhaul of the absentee voting process for service members was approved Thursday by the Senate and appears well on its way to becoming law....continue reading at Army Times

House Weighs Grant Program To Track Absentee Ballots
CQ POLITICS, July 21, 2009
Legislation aimed at spurring states to do a better job of tracking absentee ballots was headed for House consideration Tuesday....continue reading at CQ Politics

Data exchange protocol could streamline processing of paper voter registration forms
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, July 21, 2009
Two voter advocacy groups are joining forces to develop a new Extensible Markup Language data model for the electronic exchange of voter registration information....continue reading at Government Computer News

Bill would let Americans abroad actually exercise their right to vote
The Hill, editorial by Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Mike Honda, July 20, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 2008 presidential election in the U.S. attracted interest all over the world —and unprecedented turnout at home. Among those entitled to vote, however, approximately 4 million faced hurdles that often lead to disenfranchisement. These voters are U.S. citizens who happen to be living and/or serving our country overseas....continue reading at The Hill

MN had highest voter participation in 2008 election
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, July 20, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS-St. PAUL, MN - Minnesota voters registered the highest participation rate in the 2008 presidential election, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released on Monday....continue reading at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Military voting chief vows absentee help, July 20, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The new director of the U.S. Defense Department's Federal Voting Assistance Program says he wants to improve its absentee ballot efforts....continue reading at

Vocal critic of overseas voting system selected to lead FVAP
Stars and Stripes, July 20, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A staunch critic of the overseas voting system has been tapped to head up the Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program....continue reading at Stars and Stripes

Bill requires more high-tech overseas voting
Army Times, July 15, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. - A new military voter law requiring states to use e-mail and fax to speed registration and delivery of blank ballots was unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate Committee....continue reading at Army Times

Eye Opener: Making Overseas Voting Easier
The Washington Post, by Federal Eye blogger Ed O'Keefe, July 15, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. - A Senate committee will consider a bill today making it easier for Americans overseas to vote. The bill's chiefly designed to ease the voting burden for military service members deployed overseas, but it will also benefit the millions of foreign service workers, government contractors working overseas, Peace Corps volunteers and all other expatriates....continue reading at The Washington Post

Easier absentee voting proposed
Watertown Daily Times, July 15, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voting by absentee ballot could become easier for U.S. service members overseas if a measure backed by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., becomes law....continue reading at Watertown Daily Times

Time to fix problems for military voters
The Hill's Congress Blog, by Sen. Ben Nelson, July 10, 2009
WASHINGTON, D. C. - Yesterday, I joined my colleagues Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Saxby Chambliss to introduce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which will ensure that all ballots cast by US troops deployed overseas are counted in upcoming elections....continue reading at The Hill's Congress Blog

Clerks say overseas military balloting needs fix
Associated Press, July 3, 2009
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI - Clerks from Michigan's three largest counties and a state legislator proposed a plan they say would speed the process of sending election ballots to overseas state residents and ensure those ballots are counted....continue reading at The Lansing State Journal

Navy Reservist to Run Pentagon's Voting Assistance Program
The Washington Post, by Mary Pat Flaherty, June 16, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Robert H. Carey, a Navy reservist who has been an advocate for the voting rights of 6 million military personnel and Americans overseas, will become director of the Pentagon's much criticized Federal Voting Assistance Program....continue reading at The Washington Post

Assembly OKs Election Reform Package
North Country Gazette, June 16, 2009
ALBANY, NY — The Assembly has passed an election reform package that will simplify the processes for absentee voting, extend absentee voting qualifications and make permanent certain allowances for military and overseas absentee ballots....continue reading at the North County Gazette

Absentee Voting Fix Not Enough, Advocates Say
Army Times, by Karen Jowers, June 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill that seeks to improve the absentee voting process for overseas military members has passed the House Administration Committee, but advocates for military and overseas voters say it falls short....continue reading at Army Times

Matheson wants citizens overseas to be factor in census
The Salt Lake Tribune, June 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An amendment offered Wednesday by Utah Rep. Jim Matheson might require the State Department and the Census Bureau to help overseas Americans vote in elections and be counted in the census....continue reading at The Salt Lake Tribune

House Panel Approves Mail Balloting for All Federal Elections
CQ Politics, June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation that would allow all eligible Americans to vote by mail in presidential and congressional elections was approved by a House committee, along with a handful of other measures on voting and election practices....continue reading at CQ Politics

An absentee voting success story
Star Tribune, June 10, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN - The 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota has put a spotlight on absentee voting that has not always been positive. A report by the Overseas Vote Foundation puts Minnesota's 2008 experience in a more favorable light....continue reading at the Star Tribune

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
Wired, by Kevin Poulsen, June 4, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona did something very interesting in the 2008 general election: it accepted votes over the internet. Is it a good idea, or not?....continue reading at Wired

Minnesota's overseas voters happy with process
Minnesota Public Radio, Editorial by Elizabeth Baier, June 2, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN - Minnesota voters living overseas reported a higher level of satisfaction with the registration and voting process during the 2008 general election than voters in other states....continue reading at Minnesota Public Radio

Overseas voting lawsuit against Alabama dismissed
Associated Press, June 1, 2009
MONTGOMERY, AL - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Alabama officials of violating a law that protects absentee voters overseas, including those serving in the military....continue reading at

Bill passed to make voting by mail easier in N.J.
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2009
SOUTH JERSEY BUREAU, NJ - By fall's election, New Jersey residents will be able to vote more easily by mail, under a bill passed recently by the state legislature. Gov. Corzine is expected to sign the measure, which eliminates the term absentee ballot and the confusion surrounding it.....continue reading at the Philadelphia Inquirer

Letter: 'Vote in honor of a veteran' on Election Day
Mansfield News Journal, Editorial by Ohio Sec of State Brunner, May 31, 2009
MANSFIELD, OH -  In recognition of the unique challenges that service members and their families face to remain connected to our elections system, my office partnered with the Overseas Vote Foundation to provide easier access to voting information. ....continue reading at the Mansfield News Journal

Military voting bill likely won't apply to 2010 elections
Montgomery Advertiser, May 31, 2009
MONTGOMERY, AL - A bill that would have made voting easier for Alabama's mil­itary members died in the last days of the legislative session. Both houses passed a version of the bill that had little opposi­tion this year and was expected to pass....continue reading at the Montgomery Advertiser

Lowenthal bill makes it easier for overseas troops to vote
Long Beach Press-Telegram, May 28, 2009
LONG BEACH, CA - The state Assembly on Thursday OK'd a bill by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, that would make it easier for overseas American troops to mail in their election ballots....continue reading at the Long Beach Press-Telegram

Too soon for online-only voting
Honolulu Star Bulletin, Editorial, May 28, 2009
HONOLULU - Neighborhood board elections relying heavily on Internet balloting resulted in abysmal voter turnout, indicating that online voting, if ready for prime time where needed, has not been tested enough to take the lead role...continue reading at the Honolulu Star Bulletin

Governor vetoes election reform bill
South Washington County Bulletin, May 28, 2009
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY, MN - Gov. Tim Pawlenty has vetoed a bill authored by Sen. Katie Sieben that would have moved the state’s primary elections earlier in the year and changed the way absentee ballots are handled.....continue reading at the South Washington County Bulletin

Congress Must Help Military Vote
U.S.News & World Report, by Peter Roff, Thursday, May 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Keeping active duty U.S. personnel involved in the political process, retired Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff told me, is not so much a matter of making sure they vote as it is making sure their votes count....continue reading at

Court ruling needed before election reform
Elk River Star News, May 27, 2009
ELK RIVER, MN - After one of the closest elections in Minnesota history, the state has yet to certify its second U.S. senator....continue reading at the Star News

CHAPIN: Honor their sacrifice | And be sure to count all their votes
Washington Times, by Doug Chapin, Sunday, May 24, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Memorial Day approaches, we prepare to recognize the sacrifices of Americans who have defended our democracy. One sacrifice a soldier should never be asked to make is losing his or her right to vote... continue reading at

Schumer: Military balloting system 'flawed'
The Daily News Online, by Roger Muehlig, Friday, May 15, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Charles Schumer said the Senate Rules Committee he chairs will be evaluating solutions to "flaws" in a military balloting system.... continue reading at

Overseas voter bill sinks - Rep. Martin’s bill falls victim to late amendments
Clanton Advertiser, by Scott Mims, Friday, May 15, 2009
CLANTON, AL - A bill that would have allowed military personnel and their families overseas to vote online has died in the Alabama Senate... continue reading at

Report: One-fourth of overseas votes go uncounted
Associated Press, by Jim Abrams, Wednesday, May 13, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — One out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and other Americans living overseas for the 2008 election may have gone uncounted, according to findings being released at a Senate hearing Wednesday.... continue reading at

E-mail voting bill passes the Kansas Senate
Eagle Topeka bureau, by Dion Lefler, Friday, May 8, 2009
TOPEKA, KS - The state Senate on Thursday followed the House in approving a bill that would allow soldiers and diplomats overseas to vote by e-mail..... continue reading at

Next Phase of Election Reform: Start With Facts
Special to Roll Call, by Robert F. Bauer and Trevor Potter, Tuesday, May 5, 2009
As the general counsel to the Obama and McCain campaigns, we had our disagreements — a fair number of them, as a matter of fact.... continue reading at

Email Added to Overseas Absentee Voting Act
Rep. Jason Nelson, Oklahoma House of Representatives, Monday, April 20, 2009
OKLAHOMA...The measure provides that the secretary of the county election board may transmit balloting materials to an electronic mail address if the voter is a federal postcard application registrant... continue reading at

Martin voter bill out of committee
Clanton Advertiser, Staff Report,Thursday, April 9, 2009
CLANTON, AL — Rep. Jimmy Martin, chairman of the House Constitutions and Elections Committee, has pushed legislation to assist military and overseas voters.... continue reading at

Murphy, Tedisco race to be decided by absentee ballots
Triangle Business Journal, The Business Review, Wednesday, April 1, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. – Last night’s race between Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco remains too close to call. Murphy has a 59-vote edge over Tedisco, with 100 percent of precincts reporting... continue reading at

House OKs e-mail ballots for military, Wednesday, April 1, 2009
AUSTIN, TX — The House has given final approval to a plan that would expand an e-mail ballot pilot program that allows overseas military voters to get their ballots electronically... continue reading at

Murphy Up By 59—Absentees To Decide
North Country Gazette, Tuesday, March 31, 2009
N.Y. – It’s a virtual dead heat with 100% of the 154,000 votes counted in the race for the vacancy in the 20th Congressional District....There are 5,000 absentee ballots already in and another 4,000 could be received.  Overseas absentee ballots will be counted until April 13.... continue reading at

Reps. Maloney and Honda Introduce Bill
Protecting Rights of Military and Overseas Voters
Press Release, Thursday, March 26, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bill amends the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) to directly affect the ability of military and overseas voters to successfully request and cast absentee ballots, eliminate known burdens on election officials, and provide the means to concretely improve outreach and services to military and overseas voters... continue reading at

Military, Minority Voter Issues Still Need Attention
CQ Politics, by Rachel Kapochunas, Thursday, March 26, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Though no widespread election catastrophes occurred on Nov. 4, problems persist in the handling of military and overseas ballots as well as other voter-related problems, members of a House Administration panel concluded Thursday... continue reading at

Justice Department Announces Agreement to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in New York Special Congressional Election
Press Release, Thursday, March 26, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department today announced that it has reached agreement with New York officials... continue reading at

Justice sues New York over military voters
The Hill, by Reid Wilson,Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Department of Justice has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court seeking to ensure that New York counts ballots cast in the special Senate election from military voters.... continue reading at

Military voting report released, byJenn Rowell, Monday, March 23, 2009
Secretary of State Beth Chapman released a report to Gov. Bob Riley and members of the Legislature today from the Military and Overseas Voting Task Force formed last year.... continue reading at

New report explains challenges, offers solutions 
PoliticsInColor News Staff, Courtesy of, Saturday, February 28, 2009
According to a new report by the Overseas Vote Foundation... 22 percent of voters covered... did not receive their ballots for the 2008 general election..
..continue reading at

Browning Proposing Tweaks to Voting Laws
The News Service of Florida, by Keith Laing, Friday, February 27, 2009
Secretary of State Kurt Browning said Tuesday that he will propose several modifications to state election law ... to allow overseas absentee ballots to be sent and received online.... continue reading at

State Attempts to Bring Elections into Digital Age 
Wired Oregon, by Joshua Kagi, Thursday, February 26, 2009
On Wednesday the House Rules committee heard testimony on a pair of bills that would begin to pave the way towards online voter registration and casting of ballots online for overseas absentee voters.
..continue reading at

Justice Department Resolves Lawsuit with State of Vermont Regarding Reporting Requirements of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act 
US Department of Justice, February 23,, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today the resolution of the lawsuit filed by the United States against the state of Vermont to enforce the reporting requirements of the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
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Online voting system would require scrutiny
The Olympian, Sunday, February 15, 2009
On the surface it sounds like a terrific idea: Let members of the armed forces serving abroad and state residents living in foreign lands, vote via the Internet so that their ballots can be tabulated in a timely fashion.... continue reading at

U.S. Senate race / Coleman argues flawed absentee ballots should count
Franken counters that law says counties make decision, by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Friday, February 13, 2009
Minnesota's U.S. Senate race may come down to three judges' answers to this question: Should they rigidly obey the state's absentee ballot law or is there some wiggle room?
....continue reading at

Regarding Internet Voting in Washington State 
OpEdNews, by Ellen Theisen, Thursday, February 12, 2009
On February 11, I spoke with Nick Handy, Washington State's election director regarding the Internet voting bill now in the State House and Senate
....continue reading at

One-quarter of overseas military voters denied ballots.
Is that any way to thank them for their service?
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT,by Christine Bowman, Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Brian Knowlton, writing at the NY Times "Caucus" blog, reports that thousands of US voters living overseas -- both military and civilian -- were denied their vote in last November's elections
....continue reading at

"Thousands" Of Overseas Voters Denied In '08
National Journal, hotline On Call, February 10, 2009
The results of a Pew study about overseas military voting problems during the November election that we featured last month on On Call is proving just the start of voting troubles for those living abroad.....
continue reading at

Thousands of Americans Abroad Got No Ballots
The Caucus | A New York Times Blog, by Brian Knowlton, Sunday, February 9, 2009
More than 1 in 5 American voters living overseas, including those serving in the military, did not receive their official ballots for the 2008 U.S. election.... continue reading at

Many U.S. voters abroad never received '08 ballot 
International Herald Tribune, by Brian Knowlton, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - ...nearly half of local election jurisdictions reported significant rises in ballot requests from abroad, according to a new survey. The survey of 24,000 voters in 186 countries
....continue reading at

MN Secretary on MN U.S. Senate Recount
C-SPAN, Saturday, February 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (D) speaks at the 2009 National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference. Cites 400% increase in overseas and military voting in the video at

School of CIS Dean Addresses 2009 Third Annual UOCAVA Summit 
University of South Alabama, Saturday, February 7, 2009
Speaking on "No Status Quo for Military and Overseas Voters", Dr. Alec Yasinsac made the case for making it a priority to aggressively employ technology to empower military and overseas voters
....continue reading at

Report: Half of absentee ballots got to overseas voters too late
Stars and Stripes, Mideast edition, by Leo Shane III, Friday, February 6, 2009
More than half of overseas voters who tried to get an absentee ballot last year didn’t receive one in time for November’s election.....continue reading at

Ballot box blues continue
Efforts to help overseas voters cast ballots had little effect in 2008 election
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Thursday, February 5, 2009
Although local election officials reported increased interest from overseas and military voters for the 2008 elections, 22 percent of those who requested ballots did not receive them
....continue reading at

Group Hopes to Fix Overseas Voting Problems
Air Force Times, Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A coalition is forming to address voting problems for military personnel and overseas voters, according to the Pew Center on the States.....continue reading at


Group hopes to fix overseas voting problems
Military Times, January 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A coalition, The Alliance for Military and Overseas Voting Rights, is forming to address voting problems for military personnel and overseas voters, according to the Pew Center on the States......continue reading at Military Times

Kentucky Recognized For Elections Access For Military
WCPO-TV, Wednesday, January 7, 2009
FRANKFORT: Kentucky election officials received excellent news this week, when the Pew Center on the States rated Kentucky as one of 25 states where overseas military voters have sufficient time to cast absentee ballots in state elections....continue reading at

Voting Chief Need Not be a Fed, Group Says
Army Times, by Rick Maze, Thursday, December 4, 2008
A group working to improve overseas voting rights for service members and federal civilians wants the Defense Department to expand its search for a new director of its voting assistance program beyond Senior Executive Service workers.
....continue reading at

Absentee Ballots Lawsuit Set for Hearing
Times Argus, by Daniel Barlow, Friday November 28, 2008
MONTPELIER: Vermont election officials will face off against attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice in court next month as a lawsuit over the state's tracking of overseas absentee ballots lands before a federal judge....continue reading at

Hard Lesson for Franken: Not All Votes Get Counted
AlterNet, by Steven Rosenfeld, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
On Wednesday in Minnesota, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken learned a hard lesson about American elections that might resonate in 2008's other unresolved Senate race: just because people vote does not mean their vote counts or gets counted....continue reading at

Ga. Voters Can Get Ballots Online for Runoff
Navy Times, by Karen Jowers, Sunday, November 23, 2008
For the estimated 173,000 military and overseas voters eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the Dec. 2 Senate runoff election in Georgia, the Overseas Vote Foundation has developed a customized version of their upgraded online Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot....continue reading at

Write-in The Margins
The Hill's Congress Blog, by Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, Friday November 21, 2008
Next to the cold reality of the election turnaround in Alaska stands a blistering hot reminder: it was the tally of the absentee vote that made the difference....
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Still Time to Vote in Georgia
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Georgia voters will have a chance to vote again Dec. 2 in a runoff election for a U.S. senator and several state offices, and the state’s 173,000 overseas and military voters could play a crucial role in determining who will fill those seats....continue reading at

Overseas Ballots May Arrive Late for Ga. Runoff
Stars and Stripes, by Leo Shane III and Geoff Ziezulewicz, Tuesday, November 18, 2008
WASHINGTON: Overseas voters registered in Georgia will be receiving ballots in the next few days for the state’s U.S. Senate runoff election, but it might not be soon enough to have their vote counted....
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Offshore Voting Gets Assist From the Web
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Tuesday, November 11, 2008
About 10,000 absentee ballots were delivered to local election officials through the OVF Express Your Vote program, which offered free or discounted Federal Express service from 89 countries....continue reading at

519,000 Ballots Cast By Overseas Troops
Air Force Times, by Karen Jowers, Friday, November 7, 2008
The Military Postal Service Agency had returned 519,032 overseas absentee ballots to local election offices as of Nov. 4, more than 2½ times the total of 203,233 returned in the 2004 election, officials said....continue reading at

Defending the Ballot
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Thursday, November 6, 2008
While Election Day passed for those back home Tuesday, many overseas military ballots will continue to arrive in the next week at local election offices, where different laws govern whether an overseas vote can be counted after Nov. 4....continue reading at

Absentee Rules Vary From State To State
WISN-TV, Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Absentee votes will play an important role in the 2008 election process....continue reading at

Your Election Day Web Toolkit
Read Write Web, by Sarah Perez, Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Everything you need to find voter information, report on your experience, and track election results using social media and the web....continue reading at

Expat Voting Easier Than Ever
Foreign Policy Blog, by David Kenner, Tuesday, November 4, 2008
In the 2006 midterm elections, Americans living abroad returned only a third of the approximately one million absentee ballots mailed out to them....continue reading at

Tallying the Votes: How it Really Works in Hamilton County
News Channel 9, by Erica Green, Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The red white and blue confetti is set to fall, but on whose head will it fall...McCain and Palin or Obama and Biden?....continue reading at

US Expatriates Today Will Sit and Watch
The Jordan Times, by Ashlea Surles, Tuesday, November 4, 2008
AMMAN: While millions of Americans will stand in line at their local polling stations today, expatriates in Jordan have only to sit back and tune in....continue reading at

Some Military Votes May Not Be Counted
National Public Radio's All Things Considered, by Libby Lewis, Sunday, November 2, 2008
Voting experts are expecting a huge wave of military absentee ballots this year....continue reading at

Troops May Run Out of Time to Cast Ballots
The Dallas Morning News, by John Riley, Saturday, November 1, 2008
WASHINGTON D.C.: For U.S. troops serving overseas, nothing comes easy. Not even voting....continue reading at

Why Is Voting Overseas So Difficult?
TIME Magazine, by Ann Binlot , Saturday, November 1, 2008
HONG KONG: Since I turned 18 more than 10 years ago, I have voted in every presidential election. And when I moved from New York to Hong Kong at the end of August, I just assumed that I would have no problem continuing to do so....continue reading at

Military Feeling Left Out at Election Time
Chattanooga Times Free Press, by Lauren Gregory, Thursday, October 30, 2008
CHATTANOOGA: Discussions about national security have taken a backseat lately to talk about the nation’s faltering economy, and that has left military personnel feeling neglected in the days leading up to the presidential election
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Expats 'Will be Pivotal in White House Outcome'
Evening Standard, by Kiran Randhawa, Wednesday, October 29, 2008
LONDON: Expats living in Britain are crucial in deciding the outcome of the US race for president, experts said today....continue reading at

McDonnell Opinion: Count Absentee Military Ballots
Virginia Office of tAttorney General, Monday,  October 27, 2008
VIRGINIA: Attorney General Bob McDonnell released a formal opinion today concluding that federal absentee ballots from overseas military voters lacking the printed name and address of a witness must be counted
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Number of Overseas Voters May Break Records in ’08
Stars and Stipes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Sunday, October 26, 2008
Organizations dedicated to helping overseas voters cast their ballot this year are reporting unprecedented rates of participation over the past few months as Election Day and absentee ballot deadlines near....continue reading at

Internet Voting Tested in Florida
KCBS News, Friday, October 24, 2008
FLORIDA: Overseas voters registered in Okaloosa County, Florida will be allowed to cast their ballots over the Internet through special voting kiosks set up near three military bases in England, Germany and Japan....continue reading at

Program that Aims to Help Servicemen Vote Draws Criticism
KTRH Newsradio, by Alan Scaia, Thursday, October 23, 2008
A program that aims to help Americans vote from overseas is drawing criticism from advocates and lawmakers. The Federal Voting Assistance Program is charged with helping both servicemen and civilians cast ballots....continue reading at

Voter Registration Resources
The New York Times
Some frequently asked questions about voting and voter registration, and the Web sites where the answers can be found....continue reading at

A Montpelier Software Developer Racks Up "Yes" Votes Overseas
Seven Days, by Brian Wallstin,  Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The U.S. prides itself on exporting democracy, but it’s not so great at getting ballots into the hands of its own citizens overseas
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Overseas Votes for President
CNN, by Zain Verjee, Tuesday, October 21, 2008
CNN's Zain Verjee looks at how the State Department and political parties help Americans living abroad cast their vote....
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Americans Overseas Have Their Say On Election Day
National Public Radio's News and Notes, Thursday, October 16, 2008
Going to your local polling station and casting a ballot should be simple. But Americans living overseas face a host of unique challenges on Election Day....continue reading at

Judicial Watch Sues DoD to Obtain Documents Regarding Voting Process for Overseas Military Personnel and Their Families
Judicial Watch, Thursday, October 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Defense to obtain documents detailing the voting process for active duty military and their families stationed overseas....continue reading at

Obama, McCain Camps Seek Expat Israel Votes to Help Win Florida
Bloomberg News, by Jonathan Ferziger, Thursday, October 16, 2008
The latest front in the battle between Barack Obama and John McCain for Florida is in Israel.
From Tel Aviv's beachside bars to the red-roofed houses of West Bank settlements, the presidential candidates' supporters are wooing expatriate American voters....continue reading at

Express Your Vote
Way Beyond the Beltway, by Peter Dahlen, Sunday, October 12, 2008
All overseas voters should know about the Express Your Vote ballot return program, which is underway now....continue reading at

Legislation Introduced to Revamp FVAP
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Defense Department official responsible for the Federal Voting Assistance Program received a sharp rebuke from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who said money appropriated to assist overseas voters in casting ballots has been wasted....continue reading at

New Maloney Bill to Bring Oversight to Voting Program for Americans Abroad
Representative Carolyn B Maloney, Wednesday, October 8, 2008
On October 3rd, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Michael Honda (D-CA) introduced the Fixing the Federal Voting Assistance Program Act (H.R. 7265)....continue reading at

Questions And Answers On Voting Rules
National Public Radio's Morning Edition, by Pam Fessler, Friday, October 10, 2008
Listeners have submitted lots of questions about voting rules, and this Q&A attempts to answer some of those most frequently asked....continue reading at

Courting the Expatriate Vote: Level of Overseas Voting Expected to be High for the Presidential Election
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Friday, October 3, 2008
With a tight presidential race expected, the U.S. expatriate vote is a constituency that cannot be ignored....continue reading at

MiVT: Device for Democracy
WCAX-TV News, Friday, October 3, 2008
MONTPELIER, VERMONT: Many of us take for granted how easy it is to just slip our votes into the counting machine or ballot box....continue reading at

Overseas Vote Foundation Predicts Unprecedented Overseas and Military Voter Participation: Presidential Campaigns Join Overseas and Military Voter Outreach Effort
VoteTrustUSA, Thursday, October 2, 2008
MUNICH: Over 2 million visitors have come to the OVF website or an OVF hosted website to date in 2008....
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10 Resources for Voter Registration 
Mashable!, by Sean P. Aune, October 2, 2008
Most people listening to this report have 48 more days before they vote in this year's elections....
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Americans Abroad Rushing to Fill Out Ballots
Spiegel Online, by Ira Porter, Wednesday, September 24, 2008
BERLIN: The traditionally low number of overseas voters may skyrocket this year....continue reading at

Overseas Voters Could Be a Factor
The Huffington Post, by Kelly Nuxoll, Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Overseas Vote Foundation reports that over one-third of its registrants this year are under 30....continue reading at

Groups Aim To Ease Overseas Voting For Americans
National Public Radio, by Pam Fessler, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Most people listening to this report have 48 more days before they vote in this year's elections....continue reading at

New Online Tool to Aid With Overseas Voting is Launched
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Overseas Vote Foundation, a nonprofit voter advocacy group, on Monday unveiled the online tool that will help absentee voters complete the emergency federal write-in absentee ballot, or FWAB, more easily and with fewer errors....continue reading at

Overseas Voters Now Can Get Ballots Instantly
Navy Times, by Karen Jowers, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The non-partisan Overseas Vote Foundation has launched an online tool that gives service members and other U.S. citizens stationed abroad another option to vote successfully in this year’s election....continue reading at

Web Could Aid Overseas Voter Turnout
The Columbus Dispatch, by Jonathan Riskind, Tuesday, September 16, 2008
COLUMBUS, OH: Here's the short answer to the question of whether this is the election when U.S. troops serving overseas will finally be able to easily and successfully vote in large numbers: No....continue reading at

A Bad Bargain; Get Out the Vote
International Herald Tribune, by Jeffrey T. Zaino, Tuesday, September 16, 2008
After World War II, the U.S. initiated one of its most successful ally-building and security measures ever: the Marshall Plan in Europe and the aid provided to rebuild Japan....continue reading at

Getting Out the Military Vote Online
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Overseas Vote Foundation has released an online tool to give U.S. military personnel and other citizens living overseas quick access to the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot....continue reading at

Voting is Made Easier for Americans Abroad
International Herald Tribune, by Brian Knowlton, Sunday, August 14, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C.: It should be easier than ever for Americans abroad to register and vote in the autumn elections, thanks partly to the efforts not of the government but of a few private organizations....continue reading at

The Challenges Of Americans Voting Overseas
NPR Weekend Edition, by Liane Hansen, Sunday, August 14, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Host Liane Hansen speaks about the problems military personnel and Americans living overseas have when they try to cast their ballot in national elections....listen now at

Former Marine: DOD Voting System ‘Broken’
Stars and Stripes, by Charlie Coon, Mideast edition, Thursday, September 11, 2008
WASHINGTON: A former Marine who was a voting assistance officer told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he recommends troops living overseas look at online voting alternatives rather than use their military-organized programs....continue reading at

Women's Equality Day
Bandaras News, by Jennifer DaSilva, Tuesday, August 26, 2008
PUERTO VALLARTA: The United States designates August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day....continue reading at

Women’s Equality Day
The Florence Newspaper, by Jennifer DaSilva, Tuesday, August 26, 2008
FLORENCE: The United States designates August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day....continue reading at

Troops May Lead in Online Voting
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Tuesday, August 26, 2008
While debate continues in the states on the pros and cons of paper ballots versus machines, American troops could lead the way whenever voting moves online....continue reading at

Efforts Made to Break Logjam on Voting
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Tuesday, August 26, 2008
As Election Day looms, smaller public and private entities are taking their own steps to help overseas voters in the face of federal government efforts they characterize as high-cost, low-use and chronically late....continue reading at

In War Zone, Voting is Not the Top Priority
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Monday, August 25, 2008
The voting assistance officers assigned to help their comrades vote sometimes face challenges in convincing a deployed soldier that casting a ballot should be a priority....continue reading at

Overseas Voting is Not Just a Duty, It’s a Chore
Stars and Stripes, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Sunday, August 24, 2008
Staff Sgt. Missouri Ludlum wanted to vote. The system got in the way.After arriving at Camp Darby, Italy, in 2004, the self-described political junkie wanted to throw her lot into the upcoming presidential election....continue reading at

When Ballot Access Goes AWOL
Chicago Tribune, Saturday, August 16, 2008
CHICAGO, IL - As U.S. troops fight for the rights of others to vote, are they losing their own? Our fighting men and women routinely have a lower voting rate than their civilian counterparts....continue reading at

GOP Seeks Probe of Military Voting Assistance Programs
Government Computer News, by William Jackson, Thursday, August 14, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C.: A group of 35 congressional Republicans has called for an investigation by the Justice Department into the possible disenfranchisement of millions of military service members in the upcoming presidential election....continue reading at

Corzine Signs Law Expanding Voting Rights, Tuesday, August 12, 2008
WEST ORANGE, N.J. - New Jersey residents who are living overseas or on military deployment now have more options for voting in elections back home. Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation Tuesday...continue reading at

Review of Military Voting Plan is Sought
Stars and Stripes, By Geoff Ziezulewicz, Friday, August 8, 2008
MIDEAST EDITION - Dozens of House and Senate members are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the federal agency responsible for assisting overseas military voters...continue reading at

Our View on Elections: Baffling Process Suppresses Military Voting Turnout 
USA Today, Wednesday, August 6, 2008
At one point in the mad scramble in Florida, the 2000 presidential election appeared to hang on which absentee votes from overseas got counted, particularly the military ballots......continue reading at

Voting Can Be Chore for Military 
The Columbus Dispatch by Jeb Phillips, Sunday, August 3, 2008
COLUMBUS, OH: Technology could allow overseas voting to take just a few days, but Ohio troops in foreign countries still must vote the way troops did during World War II.....continue reading at

Making Overseas Voting Easier 
Public Radio International's The World by Jason Margolis, Friday, July 25, 2008
Election officials have been trying for 60 years to find a better way to get ballots to overseas voters. This time around, they're hoping they've made some improvements.....listen at

UK Braces for Obama, But McCain Getting Support Too 
CNS News by Kevin McCandless, Friday, July 25, 2008
LONDON: As Sen. Barack Obama wraps up his foreign tour in the British capital this weekend, enthusiasm continues to grow at a grass-roots level here for both candidates in the upcoming presidential election....continue reading at

New Web Site Makes Overseas Voting Easier
The Bemidji Pioneer by Scott Wente, Friday, July 25, 2008
ST. PAUL: The state’s top election official says a new program could boost voter turnout tenfold among Minnesotans overseas....continue reading at

Troops Disenfranchised From Voting System, Advocates Say
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Friday, July 25, 2008
TENNESSEE: U.S. troops stationed overseas will be among those most affected by the outcome of November’s presidential race, yet they’ll have to jump through more hoops than the average citizen to have their say in who should win, voting rights advocates say.....
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Free Service to Help Military, Those Overseas with Fall Elections
Isanti County News, Thursday, July 24, 2008
MINNESOTA: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has unveiled a free new Web service to make it easier for all military personnel and Minnesota voters overseas to participate in elections this fall..... continue reading at

Group Asks For Stories From Overseas Voters
Stars and Stripes by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Are you a military voter stationed or deployed overseas? What has been your experience when trying to submit your ballot outside of your home state? Did you have problems? Did you find a way to navigate the system on your own? Whatever your experiences, there are people who want to hear from you..... continue reading at

FedEx, Voter Group Hope to Ease Ballot Shipping Woes
The Hill, by Chris Good, Saturday, July 12, 2008
Washington, D.C.: Seeking to alleviate a top concern for overseas absentee voters, FedEx will....ship ballots for free or at heavy discounts this fall, the company announced this week.... continue reading at

Voters abroad may face trouble
USA TODAY, by Richard Wolf, Friday, July 11, 2008
Washington, D.C.: Millions of Americans abroad, including about 175,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, face chronic timing and technological problems... continue reading at 

FedEx to ship ballots for overseas voters
Associated Press, News Channel 3, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
MEMPHIS (AP): International shipper FedEx Express says Americans who are overseas during the presidential election can get a break on sending absentee ballots back home.... continue reading at 

FedEx supporting absentee ballots for American voters overseas
Memphis Business Journal, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
MEMPHIS: FedEx Express, a subsidiary of Memphis-based FedEx Corp., announced Wednesday the company will support an initiative that will allow Americans living abroad in 89 countries to ship their federal absentee ballots back home... continue reading at

Lots of Bullets, Not Enough Ballots, By Captain Chas Henry, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Wed., July 3, 2008
Washington, D.C.: The President of the United States was worried. Thousands of Americans were fighting a war far from home, an election was approaching
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Candidates travel overseas to win votes at home
International Herald Tribune, by John Harwood, Monday, June 30, 2008
Colombia hardly constitutes a U.S. general election battleground. Neither does France nor Jordan. But Senators John McCain and Barack Obama...... continue reading at 

'Exciting US primaries' boost American voting in Israel
Jerusalem Post, Tuesday, June 3, 2008
JERUSALEM: "My great, great grandfather was born into slavery - I don't take my right to vote lightly," asserted Weldon Turner, a native of New York City who moved to Israel 10 years ago. He's one of thousands of US citizens in Israel expected to cast their absentee ballots in this year's presidential elections..... continue reading at  

McCarthy Pushing Bill to Protect Voting Rights of Military Personnel
Paso Robles Press, Thursday, May 22, 2008
CALIFORNIA: Overseas military voters may receive added protection that their votes are being tracked and delivered on time...... continue reading at  

More Bullets Than Ballots, Part Three
NewsChannel 8, Wednesday, May 21, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA: The final installment of "More Bullets than Ballots" asks the questions, why can't military people overseas vote by internet and do all military people vote alike?..... view the video at  

Uncounted Votes
Fox News, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Ballots of military personnel sent from overseas are often not tabulated ..... view the video at 

More Bullets Than Ballots, Part Two
NewsChannel 8, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA: NewsChannel 8'S Chas Henry continues his investigation of military personnel not being able to vote in elections..... view the video at  

More Bullets Than Ballots, Part One
NewsChannel 8, Monday May 19, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA: Some of the Americans arguably the most affected by the election, may not even have a chance to have their voices heard..... view the video at   

Our Opinion: Mississippi Isn't Backward On This Count
The Mississippi Press, Wednesday, April 30, 2008
MISSISSIPPI: Voting is a precious right in a democracy. The freedom to cast a ballot is essential to making government by and for the people a reality. Yet, according to a recent report by The Associated Press and the Overseas Vote Foundation, many service members find it difficult to obtain and cast ballots in elections back home..... continue reading at 

Few States Allow Overseas Troops to Vote By E-mail
The Washington Post by Lolita C. Baldor, Sunday, April 27, 2008
WASHINGTON: U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan can speak to their families by Web camera and fight insurgents using sophisticated electronic warfare. Yet when it comes to voting, most troops are stuck in the past..... continue reading at (Also featured on NPR, MSNBC, ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Guardian and others.)

Willing to Serve, Not Able to Vote
Out-of-state Military Personnel Decry Limits on Absentee Ballots
The Hutchinson News by Mary Clarkin, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
KANSAS: Americans risking their lives to help foster democracy in Iraq must relinquish some of their own voting rights back home. That is, if Kansas is home..... continue reading at

E-Vote: E-Mailed Ballots Reduce Time Challenge for Minnesota Military
Government Technology, Monday, April 21, 2008
MINNESOTA: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last week praised the enactment of S.F. 1218, a bill related to Military and Overseas Voting, which makes voting easier for Minnesotans overseas by cutting in half the transit time of mailed absentee ballots..... continue reading at

Rokita Delivers Phone Cards to U.S. Troops Report, Thursday, April 8, 2008
LANDSTUEHL: Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has delivered the final batch of more than 408,000 donated phone card minutes to wounded troops in Germany.... continue reading at

Web site aims to make absentee voting easier
Survey finds 42 percent of registered military voters were unable to vote in ’06

Stars and Stripes - Mideast edition, by Geoff Ziezulewicz, Sunday, April 6, 2008
MUNICH: A new Web site unveiled last week will give overseas military voters a one-stop site for voter registration, ballot requests and other election-related needs..... continue reading at

OVF Launches New Military Voter Services 2008 Election Center, Thursday, April 3, 2008
MUNICH: Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) has announced a new website that will provide user-friendly voter services to uniformed services members and their families..... continue reading at

GPPi Associate to moderate panel at the Overseas Vote Foundation UOCAVA Summit 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
BERLIN: GPPi Project Associate Fabian Breuer will moderate a panel entitled “Online, Internet-based Voting for Overseas and Military Voters”.... continue reading at

Overseas Vote Foundation joins the YouTube NonProfit Community
Friday, March 21, 2008
MUNICH: Overseas Vote Foundation debuts two "no more barriers" voter registration videos on the new OVF YouTube NonProfit Community page... take a look at

Military vote panel outlines timing issues
Montgomery Advertiser by Jenn Rowell, Thursday, March 13, 2008
MONTGOMERY:  Soldiers stationed in the remote Iraqi desert or sailors submerged on submarines have a tough time getting mail, let alone meeting the strict deadlines for absentee voting...... continue reading at

Interest in 2008 elections picks up
HeraldNet by Tom Philpott, Saturday, February 23, 2008
EVERETT, WA: Military people seem to be at least as excited as other Americans about voting this election year, according to few yardsticks. ... continue reading at

Answers to new questions, including why Electoral College is here to stay
MSNBC By Tom Curry, National affairs writer
WASHINGTON:  In response to our FAQ, readers have posed hundreds of questions, wanting to know what happens after the political parties choose their presidential candidates...... continue reading at

Experts Say Young Voters Will Play Pivotal Role in 2008
infoZine Politics by Kantele Franko, Friday, February 1, 2008
KANSAS CITY: Increased young voter participation in early presidential primaries and caucuses is fueling analysts' expectations ... continue reading at

Stars and Stripes in Greece
Athens News by Kathy Tzilivakis, Thursday, January 31, 2008
ATHENS, GREECE: Thousands of Americans residing in Greece, together with millions of otherexpats around the world, could play a big role..... continue reading at

Tennessee forced to extend absentee ballot deadline
The Daily News Journal by Gannett Tennessee, Thursday, January 31, 2008
MURFREESBORO:  Almost half the counties in Tennessee mailed out absentee ballots too late this year to meet the deadline for the Feb. 5 primary... continue reading at

Soldiers overseas may get their ballots via e-mail
Houston Chronicle by Rosanna Ruiz, January 25, 2008
HOUSTON: Overseas voters who serve in the military may be able to get their November ballots via e-mail through a state pilot program aimed at streamlining the absentee ballot process..... continue reading at

Overseas Vote Foundation’s State Hosted Systems Program
Way Beyond the Beltway, January 20, 2008
STOCKHOLM:  Continuing to break new ground and prepare the way for greater overseas voter participation in the U.S. electoral process... continue reading at

States launch online voter registration sites
Government Computer News by William Jackson, January 17, 2008
WASHINGTON: Minnesota and Ohio have launched their own versions of an online tool to help military personnel and civilians living abroad navigate the maze of state and local voter registration requirements.... continue reading at

Politics captures troops’ attention
In Pacific, war and a need for fresh face top concerns

Stars and Stripes - Pacific edition, By Jennifer H. Svan, January 11, 2008
U.S. servicemembers and civilians in the Pacific didn’t shy from talking politics Wednesday as primary results in Iowa and Wyoming last week and New Hampshire this week indicated the 2008 race for president still has no clear favorite..... continue reading at

The Best and Worst of 2007: Voting Rights and Elections
The Century Foundation by Tova Andrea Wang, December 24, 2007
WASHINGTON: While 2007 was not an election year, there was plenty of action in the voting world nonetheless.... continue

Bringing home the overseas vote
France24, by  Leela Jacinto, December 20, 2007
PARIS: Overlooked, politically underrepresented and frequently disregarded, US citizens abroad want their voices – and their votes – heard.... continue reading at

Web site aims to help overseas voters
Stars and Stripes - Pacific edition, By Teri Weaver, December 17, 2007
TOKYO: In 2004, the Pentagon spent $576,000 developing the Interim Voting Assistance System to help overseas voters request and receive ballots..... continue reading at

Overseas electronic voting pilot project announced
Government Computer News by William Jackson, December 5, 2007
WASHINGTON: Overseas voters registered in Okaloosa County, Fla., will have a chance to try an electronic absentee voting system in next year’s general election, county election officials announced. ... continue reading at

Military no longer battling for ballots
Medill Reports by Emily Whipp, December 4, 2007
WASHINGTON: Members of the military serving away from home have lower voting rates than the rest of the population.  Many experts say this is not due to a lack of political interest, but rather it is because the process of registering to vote is too complicated.... continue reading at

Troops may miss vote:
Earlier primary makes getting ballots overseas and back a challenge

Macomb Daily by Chad Selweski, November 29, 2007
MICHIGAN: With preparations for the Jan. 15 presidential primary election off to a late start, officials worry that some U.S. troops from Michigan stationed in Iraq and other overseas military installations may not be able to cast a ballot.... continue reading at

Research Report: Bringing Voting Rights to Overseas and Military Voters
The Century Foundation by Tova Andrea Wang, November 29, 2007
WASHINGTON: ...examines the problems encountered in making sure that these votes are counted, and suggests reforms for both easing the procedural problems and improving turnout among this often neglected group of voters... continue reading at (PDF download)

U.S. Takes Steps to Simplify Voting From Abroad
New York Times by Brian Knowlton, November 28, 2007
WASHINGTON:  For Americans abroad...continue reading at

Efforts increase to enfranchise U.S. citizens abroad
International Herald Tribune by Brian Knowlton, November 28, 2007
WASHINGTON:  For Americans abroad, who often feel underrepresented, overlooked and little appreciated in the United States, the approach of the 2008 elections has brought some grounds for hope that this time their votes have a better chance of counting... continue reading at

Ruling on primary puts heat on clerks: Counties must act fast to get ballots to people voting outside Michigan
Lansing State Journal by Chris Andrews, November 27, 2007
LANSING:  County clerks fear absentee voters overseas and elsewhere may not get their presidential primary ballots in enough time to send them back and have their votes counted.... continue reading at

Your Turn: Voice your appreciation for all veterans
St. Cloud Times by Mark Ritchie, November 23, 2007
ST. CLOUD:  Minnesotans have courageously served our nation in every armed conflict since the Civil War. Citizens and their government have historically honored those who served on Veterans Day... continue reading at

American Citizens Abroad endorses two Congressional voting rights bills for Americans overseas
ACA Media Advisory, November 20, 2007
GENEVA: Two bills were introduced in the House by Representatives Maloney and Honda to improve outreach to American overseas voters.... continue reading at

Mich. clerks say it's too late to get ready for Jan. 15 primary
Associated Press by Kathy Barks Hoffman, November 20, 2007
LANSING: Michigan's county clerks said today they want to pull the plug on the Jan. 15 presidential primary, now less than 60 days away... continue reading at

American Expatriates Endorse Voting Rights Bill
Associated Content by Jules Popp, November 20, 2007
GENEVA American Citizens endorsing two bills to improve the voting rights of United States citizens living overseas.... continue reading at

Rep. Maloney Introduces Bill to Protect the Rights of Overseas Voters
VoteTrustUSA by Rep. Carolynn Maloney, November 16, 2007
WASHINGTON: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the Americans Abroad Caucus, has introduced legislation to protect the voting rights of the millions of American citizens currently living overseas... continue reading at

Safeguarding the Right to Vote for Overseas Americans
Rep. Mike Honda, November 15, 2007
WASHINGTON: I introduced a bill yesterday that would eliminate overseas voting barriers such as the requirement that voters notarize the envelope with their ballot.... continue reading at

US presidential candidates head overseas
Associated Press Writer by D'Arcy Doran, October 14, 2007
LONDON: The British capital has become a favorite destination for presidential hopefuls... continue reading at

US overseas voting hot topic at Madrid Conference
Expatica Spanish News, El Pais by Kelly Ramundo, November 14, 2007
MADRID: In the wake of the US 2004 elections, complicated by new voting machines... continue reading at

Giving overseas voters a direct connection
Stars and Stripes, European edition by Geoff Ziezuliwicz, November 12, 2007
RAF MILDENHALL, ENGLAND:  A bit of the Sunshine State will be coming overseas next year to help simplify absentee voting... continue reading at

Ensuring troops are able to vote
The Birmingham News by Beth Chapman, November 11, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA: Today, as we celebrate Veterans Day and memorialize the untold sacrifices of Alabama's military members, we should commit to ensuring every one of them has the ability to cast his vote at home while serving abroad... continue reading at

Viewpoint: using technology to improve UOCAVA
AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project by Blake Hulnick and Daniel O’Brien, November 7, 2007
WASHINGTON: News stories seem to proliferate after every election about the alarmingly low turnout rates among American voters. A story that frequently goes unreported, however, concerns the sizable chunk of our population living abroad... continue reading at

Enfranchising overseas voters
National Journal, Rules of the Game by Eliza Carney, November 5, 2007
WASHINGTON: The Defense Department has poured more than $1 million into making it easier for military personnel and other overseas Americans to vote, but has little to show for it... continue reading at

American Citizens Abroad links up with the Overseas Vote Foundation
PRWeb, November 5, 2007
GENEVA:  American Citizens Abroad is pleased to announce that it has been invited by Overseas Vote Foundation to join their Strategic Alliance Program... continue reading at

Overseas Vote Foundation better than ever
Way Beyond the Beltway, November 3, 2007
STOCKHOLM:  The best resource for America’s overseas voters just got better. On October 25, the Overseas Vote Foundation officially launched its new site... continue reading at

U.S. absentee voting registration red tape ends on the Internet
Haaretz by Daphna Berman, November 2, 2007
ISRAEL: A new Internet service introduced last week in Washington, D.C. is expected to ease and streamline absentee voting in U.S. elections for eligible voters living abroad... continue reading at

States work to make absentee voting easier
Army Times by Karen Jackson, October 31, 2007
WASHINGTON: The new Web site, at, helps troops and civilian U.S. citizens abroad register without having to sift through mountains of information by finding their correct jurisdiction for them... continue reading at

IT gives e-voting a booster shot
Government Computer News by William Jackson, October 30, 2007
WASHINGTON: Cybereye | Commentary:  Even when IT is not a silver bullet, it might be part of the solution.  The Overseas Vote Foundation deserves credit for the new suite of online tools launched with its newly revamped Web site... continue reading at

Ohio part of online project to help overseas voters
Dispatch, October 30, 2007
COLUMBUS:  Ohio is one of three states participating in a pilot project designed to make it easier for members of the military and others living overseas to access voting information online... continue reading at

Web site offers voting aid to overseas service members, civilians
Federal Daily, October 29, 2007
WASHINGTON: A new Internet-based voter services Web site offers help to the more than 6 million Americans—members of the military and civilians living overseas—to vote in upcoming elections... continue reading at 

Website to aid overseas voters by Malia Rulon, October 28, 2007
WASHINGTON:  A new Web site unveiled Thursday seeks to help about 6 million members of the military and U.S. citizens living abroad register to vote... continue reading at

Online tools for US voters abroad
Banderas News, October 27, 2007
WASHINGTON: The Pew Charitable Trusts and Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) announced new Web-based voter services to help the more than six million Americans - members of the military and civilians living overseas - take the steps necessary to vote in upcoming elections... continue reading at

Voting Overseas
13th Floor, by Alan Greenblatt, October 26, 2007
WASHINGTON:  I just had lunch with two secretaries of state, Jennifer Brunner of Ohio and Beth Chapman of Alabama... continue reading at

New online tool for overseas voter registration
Government Computer News by William Jackson, October 26, 2007
WASHINGTON: The Overseas Vote Foundation today launched an online tool to help military personnel and civilians living abroad navigate the maze of state and local voter registration requirements... continue reading at

ServerVault provides secure web hosting for OVF by Andrew Horan, October 25, 2007
WASHINGTON: Company will provide support for enhanced voter registration website for Americans living abroad and soldiers stationed overseas... continue reading at  

Military service members, other overseas voters face hurdles to voting
electionline Weekly by Katherine Zambon, October 25, 2007
WASHINGTON: New website to provide crucial assistance in registering to vote... continue reading at

Early primaries may hurt military voters
Media General News Service by James Crawley, September 28, 2007
WASHINGTON: Many soldiers in Iraq may not get a vote in the upcoming presidential primaries. Same goes for the troops in Afghanistan and U.S. expatriates living and working overseas... continue reading at

Data on overseas absentee ballots raise questions
International Herald Tribune by Brian Knowlton, September 27, 2007
WASHINGTON: A new federal survey has found that a scant one-third of the nearly one million absentee ballots requested for the U.S. general election last year by overseas American civilians or active-duty service members were actually cast or counted... continue reading at

Casting a Ballot from Abroad is No Sure Bet
New York Times by Ian Urbina, June 13, 2007
NEW YORK: Over the last six years, the Defense Department has spent more than $30 million trying to find an efficient way for American soldiers and civilians living abroad to vote in elections back home... continue reading at

GAO Research Report on UOCAVA
June 2007
ELECTIONS: Action Plans Needed to Fully Address Challenges in Electronic Absentee Voting Initiatives for Military and Overseas Citizens
Highlights of GAO-07-774 Report to Congressional Committees... continue reading at (PDF download)

Overseas Voters Continue to Face Challenges by Kat Zambon, February 15, 2007
WASHINGTON: Twenty percent of voters abroad were unable to cast ballots... continue reading at

One in 5 overseas Americans unable to vote in elections
International Herald Tribune by Brian Knowlton, February 11, 2007
WASHINGTON: One in five Americans overseas who sought to vote in the midterm elections in November was unable to do so, often because the ballot arrived late, or not at all, according to a survey... continue reading at

Voices from afar struggle to be heard
International Herald Tribune by Brian Knowlton, October 27, 2006
WASHINGTON: Nick Marshall is one stubborn American expat. Otherwise, he never would have endured the "long, drawn-out, painful, frustrating, hair-and-teeth pulling two- month exercise" that it took to receive an absentee ballot for the Nov. 7 elections... continue reading at