Douglas questions moving up state's primary vote
Times from Vermont Press Bureau, December 21, 2009
MONTPELIER, VT – One of the first major bills to be taken up by state lawmakers when they return in January will likely be the one that would move the state's primary election date ahead several weeks....continue reading at Times

All Military Installations to Aid in Voter Registration
The New York Times, December 17, 2009
The Department of Defense said that it would require every military installation around the world to help troops register to vote, the latest move in Washington to eliminate longstanding obstacles to voting by military personnel....continue reading at The New York Times

New law makes it easier for troops overseas to vote
The Kansas City Star, December 7, 2009
Thousands of servicemen and servicewomen overseas should find it easier to cast ballots next November. Four secretaries of state announced that a new law will help military personnel register and vote in 2010....continue reading at The Kansas City Star

Election chiefs tout military voting changes
The Chicago Tribune, December 7, 2009
KANSAS CITY, MO - Four top Midwestern election officials touted changes to federal election rules that will allow military personnel overseas to receive election ballots electronically....continue reading at The Chicago Tribune

Online Voting Becomes Law in West Virginia, December 3, 2009
CHARLESTON, WV - The option for counties to set up secure online voting for those on the front lines is now the law in West Virginia. Governor Manchin signed House Bill 406, which had passed the Legislature unanimously....continue reading at

Military and overseas voters to get online options
Government Computer News, December 1, 2009
A section of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act includes requirements for states to provide overseas and military voters with online access to voter registration applications and ballot requests....continue reading at Government Computer News

The Long-Overdue MOVE Act Could Serve As A Model For Future Election Reforms
National Journal Online, November 30, 2009
At a time when the rest of Washington can't seem to stop bickering, voting rights advocates have quietly scored a bipartisan victory to help military and overseas voters participate in elections....continue reading at National Journal Online

New law helps ease military families' paperwork burden
Montgomery, November 30, 2009
The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act allows spouses of military personnel to claim residency in the same state as their service member and keep it as long as they are in the military....continue reading at Montgomery

For some in military, power of vote now guaranteed
The Day, November 24, 2009
GROTON, CT - Sonar Chief Art Harley mailed his request for an absentee ballot to vote in the presidential election before he deployed in summer 2008. He received his ballot when his submarine stopped in Tunisia - around Inauguration Day.....continue reading at The Day

Helping Those In Service to Vote
The Intelligence Wheeling News-Register, Editorial, November 24, 2009
We are in favor of an idea being promoted by the West Virginia Secretary of State and approved by the Legislature. It should allow more residents serving in the military to exercise the franchise....continue reading at The Intelligence Wheeling News-Register

Law tosses wrench into '10 primary; Ballots must go overseas earlier
The Concord Monitor, November 21, 2009
CONCORD, NH - For once, no one is complaining that a New Hampshire primary is too early. Now, the problem is that it's too late. A new law requires states to mail ballots to overseas voters 45 days before an election. For some, that time frame will be difficult to meet....continue reading at The Concord Monitor 

Iowa ranks #1 in soldier-friendly voting policies
Radio Iowa, November 16, 2009
Iowa is being recognized for easing the way for military voting overseas. A survey by the Overseas Vote Foundation gave Iowa the highest ranking of all states for policies that are easiest to navigate for military personnel serving abroad....continue reading at Radio Iowa

Nonprofits Play Role in Legislative Push to Remove Barriers to Voting
OMB Watch, November 10, 2009
Nonprofits are playing a key role in the push to remove barriers from the voting process. They have kept voting issues at the forefront by informing the public about policies that disenfranchise voters, focusing on military voting and online voter registration....continue reading at OMB Watch

Fact-based election reform for military and overseas voters
The Hill, Editorial by David Becker, November 9, 2009
President Harry S. Truman wrote to members of Congress asking them to repair an absentee voting system that was failing Americans serving in our military.  Despite an explosion in technology, the absentee voting process has changed very little....continue reading at The Hill

Colorado ranks high in its effort to count military ballots
The Colorado Statesman, November 6, 2009
Colorado ranks in the top five states for its military and overseas voting policies. The state needs to make only one minor tweak to comply with the provisions of the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, signed into law on Oct. 28....continue reading at The Colorado Statesman

Some states weigh earlier primaries in 2010 to accommodate Americans abroad
The Washington Post, October 30, 2009
ST. PAUL, MN - A new law meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas is forcing at least a dozen states to consider holding their primaries earlier or to negotiate another plan....continue reading at The Washington Post

Troop ballot law has states in a time squeeze
Air Force Times, October 29, 2009
ST. PAUL, MN — A new law meant to protect the voting rights of deployed troops and other Americans overseas is forcing at least a dozen states to consider holding their primaries earlier or to negotiate another plan that federal officials will accept....continue reading at Air Force Times

Protesters push to have late absentee ballots counted
Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 29, 2009
Louise Amato stood outside the State Board of Elections office at 1100 Bank St. in Richmond yesterday and held up a large sign that read: "Those who count the votes, decide everything"....continue reading at Richmond Times-Dispatch

16 Va. localities fail to meet absentee-ballot deadline
Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 28, 2009
Despite court prodding and changes in state election laws, 16 Virginia localities have failed to meet a deadline to allow absentee ballots of military personnel serving overseas to be counted on time....continue reading at Richmond Times-Dispatch

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..
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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.
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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?
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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
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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
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"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.....
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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
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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
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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
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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