2010 was an important year for technology and elections, especially for military and overseas voters. The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act of 2009 required states to provide voters with an option for the electronic transmission of their blank ballots.

Several states were creative in their interpretation of this mandate. For example, the District of Columbia attempted to create an Internet voting website. However, in perhaps one of the more surreal events surrounding the 2010 Midterm Elections, the Washington D.C. Internet voting website was hacked by several industrious students from the University of Michigan. This did not represent a gaffe however, as election officials had asked people to try to hack the system to prove that it could withstand the challenge. It didn’t.

Washington DC is just one example of the myriad of solutions states developed. With all of these differences, what exactly did states offer to overseas and military voters in 2010?

To answer this question, OVF has developed maps that show how the states used technology in the 2010 elections to distribute blank ballots and receive voted ballots. These maps demonstrate that although there is consistent use of email to send out ballots (only two states did not send out ballots via email, Alaska and Rhode Island), states are still wary of using the Internet to receive ballots.

You can also view the maps and the entire December 2010 issue of the OVF Research Newsletter, Talking Technology in the 2010 Election, here