by Brian Leclair on April 15, 2014

On April 8, The Pew Charitable Trusts released an updated Election Performance Index (EPI), which includes data from the 2012 General Election. The EPI assesses state election administration performance based on 17 indicators. The premise of the study is based on Heather Gerken’s 2012 book, The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System Is Failing and How to Fix It, which proposed a rank-based assessment regarding how well each state runs its elections.

Pew’s most recent EPI shows improvement for some indicators. However, military and overseas voters continue to face challenges. Based on the two indicators used to assess the military and overseas voting process, 31.4% of military and overseas ballots transmitted to voters in 2012 were not returned, and 40.4...

OVF Blog

February 10, 2014

Summit2014Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) and U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) held our Eighth Annual Voting and Elections Summit 2014 on January 30 at The George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium. 

Our dual themes this year were Grassroots Innovation in Elections and Midterm Mobilization, chosen to highlight issues impacting the voting and elections community in this important midterm year.  Summit 2014 was another great success, covering a wide array of topics, from end-to-end verifiable remote voting to expanding mail ballot eligibility to improving the voting process for military voters.  Summit 2014 had something for everyone.

The dynamic lineup of speakers included Congressman John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan; Congresswoman Susan Davis, of California; Adam Ambrogi, Principal, Investments at the Democracy Fund; Dr. Josh Benaloh, Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft Research; Bob Bauer, Co-Chair, Presidential Commission of Election Administration; Matt Boehmer, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program; Seth...