OVF released the results of its fifth General Election post-election voter survey at the the annual OVF/US Vote Summit conference in Washington D.C. on January 24, 2013. This year’s 2012 Post-Election Survey Report features responses from over 13,600 overseas and military absentee voters and over 2,000 election officials.
See the NYT / IHT article, published Jan. 30, 2013, by Brian Knowlton:
Internet and Federal Act Ease U.S. Overseas Voting
The OVF survey of military and overseas voters was designed to capture crucial voter feedback regarding the effects of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. Core issues that were examined include whether ballot timeliness, receipt, and return rates have improved with new online ballot delivery systems implemented under the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s EASE grants.
The OVF post-election surveys have emerged over the past 8 years as the most consistent and reliable information resource for congress and the election community when considering overseas and military voting issues and improvements. Results from previous OVF surveys have supported much needed electoral reform at the federal level, including the MOVE Act, and technical improvements at the state level.
2010 Post-Election Survey Report
The results of the 2010 Post-Election Survey Report were released at OVF's Fifth Annual UOCAVA Summit on February 10, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Drawing from responses from more than 5,000 voters in 140 countries and more than 1,550 local election officials in the US, the 30-page report measures the impact of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act on the 2010 General Election.
The 2010 report demonstrates that the MOVE Act has begun to shift overseas voting trends in a new and welcome direction. Highlights of the report include:
- In 2010, 82 percent of voters received the ballot they requested; this represents a five percent improvement over 2008.
- Only 16.5 percent of 2010 overseas voters said they received their ballots after the middle of October; while MOVE is designed to decrease this number to zero percent, this still represents a significant decrease from 2008, when 28 percent of overseas voters reported receiving their ballots in late October.
The success of the MOVE Act reforms in 2010 was mitigated, however, by other survey findings, including a high level of confusion among voters and election officials around registration/ballot request form re-filing requirements in 2010; a measurable lack of efficiency in new ballot request methods via email and fax in comparison to delivery via the postal system; and low marks from local election officials for new online ballot delivery and online ballot tracking techniques.