The latest headlines on overseas and military voting...

Pentagon Reverses Course on American Voters Living Abroad, July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — Responding to the vocal concerns of American expatriates, the Pentagon agency responsible for overseas voting has agreed not to enforce a requirement for voters requesting absentee ballots to state categorically that they either intend to stay abroad indefinitely or not."...Read more

Change to Ballot Request Form Angers U.S. Expats, May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon office with responsibilities for assisting U.S. military and civilian overseas voters is issuing a new ballot-request form that requires civilian voters to make an all-or-none declaration either that they plan to return to the United States or have no intent of ever doing so."... Read more

Minnesota Voter ID: The Devil May be in the Details, April 7, 2012

MANKATO—...A strict reading of the legislation passed last week leaves serious questions about whether some Minnesota soldiers serving overseas will be able cast an absentee ballot..A provision of the new law passed by the House and Senate...states that all voters must have their eligibility verified “prior to a ballot being cast or counted.”....Read more

First (California) Ballots for June Primary Mailed to Voters, April 6, 2012

County elections officials across the state have started mailing ballots for the June 5 election to California voters serving in the Armed Forces or living abroad... Additionally, two absentee ballots will be sent to civilians who are living overseas, the Election Office reported.....Read more

DHS: Cybersecurity Plays into Online Voting, March 29, 2012

As the 2012 presidential election revs up, 33 states now permit some form of Internet ballot casting. However, a senior cybersecurity adviser at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned today that online voting programs make the country's election process vulnerable to cyberattacks...The main voting contingent that uses this cyber-feature are people in the military and those living overseas....Read more

Alabama Absentee Voting Deadline Extended Again, March 9, 2012

A federal judge has ordered Alabama’s secretary of extend the deadline to March 31 for receiving absentee ballots from military and overseas voters for the state’s primary election [on March 13].Ballots still must be completed, signed and postmarked by next Tuesday, March 13. Because some local election officials did not send out the ballots at least 45 days ahead of time, as is required by law, this extension will provide the time for ballots to be received and counted...Read more

Delayed Delivery: State and Federal Officials Want Post Offices to Stay Open Until After the November Election, March 7, 2012

PASADENA—When the US Postal Service made plans to shutter hundreds of post offices around the country...creators of the proposal apparently took into account neither the June California Primary nor the November General Election, during which millions of time-sensitive absentee ballots could be held up for as much as a week due to cutbacks and layoffs.....Read more

Primary Ballot Date Issue Still Up in the Air, March 7, 2012

ALBANY—The state League of Women Voters is renewing a call for state leaders to set a single primary election date for the upcoming congressional and legislative votes.The league, joined by the Election Commissioners Association and the state Public Interest Research Group, said it prefers June 26, the date set by a federal judge to comply with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE).......Read more

Post Office Closures Could Usher in Electronic Voting, March 6, 2012

BROOKLYN—We have had recent national elections that are closer than most of us can remember. That may be a good thing, but the federal government’s plan to close postal processing facilities and post offices could seriously affect these close outcomes. If the mail is exceptionally slow, absentee ballots might be at risk of not being counted on time. The votes are essential in a democracy, but perhaps the federal government could allow voting electronically in the case of absentee balloting......Read more

Hacking the Polls: Vulnerability in Electronic Voting Systems
US Independent Voter Network, March 5, 2012

Among those who advocate for the “modernization” of our voting systems, internet-based electronic voting and registration platforms are often offered as an ideal solution to the problems inherent in our current registration and voting processes. A newly published paper describes the ease with which a small group of researchers was able to hack a Washington D.C. based internet voting pilot project, demonstrating that these new systems are not ready for take-off.....Read more

Voter ID Plan Raises Many Practical Questions, March 5, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Despite the assurances of Voter ID supporters, the secretary of state’s office remains worried about the many unintended consequences that could result from the proposed constitutional amendment. Minnesota’s chief election officials are concerned about two key points in the amendment legislation’s updated language: The legal provisions establishing guidelines for absentee and mail-in voting.....Read more

Johnson Announces $430,000 Grant to Benefit Military and Overseas Voters, March 3, 2012

LANSING—Michigan has received a grant of more than $430,000 from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to make improvements that will benefit those who vote absentee, especially military and overseas voters, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced ....Read more

Judge Issues Restraining Order Over Late Ballots, February 29, 2012

MONTGOMERY—U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against the state of Alabama because of absentee ballots sent too late to military and overseas voters. The United States requested the order in a motion filed late Monday....Read more

Feds Sue Ala. Over Handling of Absentee Ballots
AP Headlines -, February 24, 2012

MONTGOMERY—The federal government on Friday sued Alabama and its top election official, saying the state sent many of its military and overseas voters absentee ballots too late for them to participate in the March 13 primary election...Read more

Military, Overseas Citizens Get New Voting Tool, February 23, 2012

BISMARK—A new absentee voting system to make it easier for military members and civilians overseas to vote was unveiled during a Thursday press conference...When voters receive their ballot, they can fill them out and even submit them electronically if they choose to do so. Absentee voters also can track the status of their ballot delivery....Read more

Strapped for cash, Election-Info Providing Project Vote Smart Might Have to Sell the Ranch, February 23, 2012

PHILLIPSBURG, MT—Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan voting information project whose volunteer-contributed research powers thousands of government, non-profit and commercial news web sites in the Web 2.0 age — including sites for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, [OVF] and CNN, among others — is struggling so much financially that its co-founder plans to suggest to his board that they literally sell the ranch.....Read more