OVF not only supports research on overseas and military voters, it also engages in original research. The most important element of OVF's originial research is it's Post-Election Survey Research report, which is released after every federal election. OVF also produces case studies and research reports on a variety of subjects.
NEW! 2012 Post-Election Survey Report [Available Now for Download - 840KB]
NEW! 2012 Survey Results Presentation/Summary - as delivered at Summit 2013
[Download Presentation - 170 KB]
2010 Post-Election Voter and Local Election Offical Survey Report [Download pdf_document 1.5MB]
Overseas Voter Satisfaction in 2010
Published March 2011
This research paper explores public policies which influence and increase voter satisfaction. Findings indicate that public policy matters more for registration than it does for balloting, but age and voting experience are important intervening variables. [Download Word Document]
Time to MOVE: Overseas and Military Voter State Policy Innovation
Published March 2011
In this research paper presented at the 2011 Midwest Political Science Conference, OVF investigates why some states were able to pass more extensive MOVE Act legislation in 2010. [Download Word Document]
These are our Numbers: Civlian Americans Overseas and Voter Turnout
Published August 2010
In this research note, OVF examines population data from foreign governments in order to provide a more accurate account of the number of civilian Americans living abroad. [Download pdf_document]
It's in the Mail: Surveying UOCAVA Voters and Barries to Overseas Voting
Published September 2009
This study presents a UOCAVA State Policy Index (SPI) to examine variance in state policy. Eight registration laws and eight balloting regulations comprise the core of UOCAVA legislation. States with higher scores feature more laws that facilitate overseas and military voting.
[Download pdf_document 833KB]
Case Study: Minnesota Takes the Lead in 2008
Published June 2009
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Defining the Universe: The Problem of Counting UOCAVA Voters
Published May 2009
Just how many UOCAVA voters live overseas? In this research note, OVF examines the different data sources regarding UOCAVA numbers and finds that although the number of military voters is a reliable data source, defining and counting the number of civilian voters is difficult. Various estimates put the number of voters overseas between 4.9 and 6.2 million.
[Download pdf_document 774KB]
UOCAVA Voting Graphics, 2009
[Download pdf document 234KB]
UOCAVA Voting Population Data, 2009
The following table compares various estimates of UOCAVA voters, specifically U.S. voters living abroad. The information is provided by state. Data sources include: Dr. Michael McDonald, the FVAP, OVF and the US Census Bureau.
[Download pdf document 53KB]
OVF Post-Election Survey Research:
For the past three General Election cycles, Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) has consistently conducted detailed post election surveys of overseas and military voters, and local election officials. OVF's body of reliable, nonpartisan data is increasingly referenced by academic and congressional bodies working to support overseas and military voter reform and election process improvements.
These surveys provide a unique look into the voting experiences of overseas citizens, and are an unequalled resource in OVF’s ongoing mission to help overseas and military Americans register and vote in federal elections.
In 2012 report features repsonses from over 13,600 overseas and military absentee voters and 2,000 election officials.
- 2012 OVF and US Vote Post-Election Survey Report (Download pdf document)
- 2010 Post-Election Voter and Local Election Official Survey Report (Download pdf document)
- 2008 Post-Election Voter and Local Election Official Survey Report [Download pdf_document 1.5MB]
- 2006 Post-Election Voter Survey Research Report
[Download pdf_document 366KB]
- 2006 Local Election Official Survey Research Report
[Download pdf_document 208KB]
- 2004 Post-Election Voter Survey Research Report
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- Data Request Information and Form
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OVF encourages further analysis and is pleased to provide data to eligible researchers and institutes. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org