In order to enhance the exchange of ideas and promote dialogue on absentee voting, both abroad and within the US, the Voting Research Newsletter collects updates from relevant sources, summarizes results and provide valuable links. This publication is intended to keep its readers up-to-date by providing featured articles, book reviews, conference papers and legislative updates.

Vol. 4, Issue 3: Winter 2013/2014
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • State of the States’ Website UOCAVA Support
  • Bridging the Gap: Practicing Politics vs. Studying Politics: Book Review: Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform, by Martha Kropf and David C. Kimball
  • Election and Voting Legislative News Round-up

Vol. 4, Issue 2: Summer 2013
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Featured Article: The Impact of the Electronic Transmission
  • of Blank Ballots in 2012
  • Announcing: The Presidential Commission on Election Administration
  • Review: FVAP and EAC’s 2012 Post-Election Reports

Vol. 4, Issue 1: March/April 2013
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Featured Article: Caltech/Mit Voting Technology Project Report Summary
  • Summit 2013 Recap And Post-Election Survey Report Highlights
  • Review: The Pew Elections Performance Index (EPI) 

Vol. 3, Issue 1: September/October 2012
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Introducing the New Voting Research Newsletter Editor: Brian Leclair
  • Announcing U.S. Vote Foundation and VotoAusente USA
  • Featured Article: Do Election Laws Matter? By Dr. Claire M. Smith
  • Reviewing Rock The Vote's State Score Card
  • Legislative Round-up: Election Policy Legislation in the States

Vol. 2, Issue 5: November / December 2010
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The theme of the December 2010 issue is "Talking Technology in the 2010 Elections."

Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Letter from the Editor: Talking Technology in the 2010 Election
  • Featured Article: Essential Research Needed to Support UOCAVA-MOVE Act: Implementation at the State and Local Levels, By Candice Hoke and Matt Bishop
  • Internet Voting: An Introduction, By Bo Lipari
  • Technology from A to Z: A Glossary for Beginners, Prepared by Carissa Picard, Esq., OVF Associate Researcher
  • Maps: Technology and the Transmission of Blank and Voted Ballots in 2010 

Vol. 2, Issue 4: July / August 2010
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The theme of the August 2010 issue is "The American Diaspora."

Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Featured Article: The American Diaspora, By Judith Murray
  • These are our Numbers: Civilian Americans Overseas and Voter Turnout, By Dr. Claire M. Smith, OVF Research Program Director
  • When Citizenship Doesn’t Equal Voting Rights, By Clair Whitmer, OVF Outreach Director

Vol. 2, Issue 3: May / June 2010
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The theme of the May 2010 issue is "Focus on the Military Voter."

Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Featured Article: Political Barriers to Military Voting: A Brief Historical Overview
    By Dr. Donald S. Inbody
  • Indicators for Success: Measuring Military Voter Turnout
    By Dr. Claire M. Smith
  • Voices from the Military: Remarks from Summit 2010


Vol. 2, Issue 2: March / April 2010
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Editor’s Note: Not Just PolSci: A UOCAVA Research Agenda
  • Featured Article: Political Contributions by American Citizens Living Abroad, 1991-2008, By Sarah Starkweather
  • The Great Internet Debate: Remarks from Summit 2010, Professor Andrew Appel, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton University

Vol. 2, Issue 1: January / February 2010
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Review of the FVAP’s 2010 Post-Election Survey Methodology reports
  • Updates to the UOCAVA State Policy Index (SPI): Reflections on State Policy Changes in 2009
  • Introduction to the Academic Panels at the 2010 UOCAVA Summit

Vol. 1, Issue 4: November / December 2009
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Reviewing the EAC’s 2008 UOCAVA Survey Report
  • Behind the Scenes of the EAC Report: An Interview with Toby Moore
  • The Legislative Pipeline: The MOVE Act (formerly S.1415)
  • Legislating Research? The American Democracy Index Act (H.R.4033)
  • Upcoming Events: 2010 UOCAVA Summit

Vol. 1, Issue 3: September / October 2009
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Featured Article: “A UOCAVA State Policy Index”
    by Dr. Claire M. Smith
  • Progress at the Uniform Law Commission:
    An Interview with Steve Huefner
  • Conference Reports and Updates: EVT/WOTE '09 and the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
  • Book Review: “Discount Voting: Voter Registration Reforms and Their Effects” by Michael J. Hanmer
  • The Legislative Pipeline
  • News from the EAC

Vol. 1, Issue 2: June/July 2009
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • “The Data Dilemma” by Dr. Claire M. Smith
  • Case study: “Minnesota Takes the Lead In 2008”
  • Report From “Creating the Future: Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference 2009 Panel: “voting over the Internet”
  • Book Review: “The Democracy Index” by Heather K. Gerken
  • The Legislative Pipeline and Committee Testimony
  • Rejoinder: Measuring UOCAVA Voters


Vol. 1, Issue 1: May 2009 - online version
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Features and Articles in this issue:

  • Introducing the OVF Research Newsletter and Website
  • Meet the Editor
  • Featured Article: “Defining the Universe: The Problem of Counting Overseas Voters,” By Dr. Claire M. Smith
  • The Legislative Pipeline and Committee Testimony