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U.S. Vote Foundation Rises to the Knight News Challenge

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 U.S. Vote Foundation has submitted five dynamic and innovative proposals to the Knight Foundation ‘Knight News Challenge’. All the proposals are designed to better inform voters and increase civic participation. Here are descriptions of our proposals:

GOVERN will be the first in our series of ‘Civic Education Through Entertainment’ (CETE) game series. GOVERN will be a real-time based interactive game with multiple gameplay roles that gives players a chance to live out the competitive political world. GOVERN modernizes the delivery of youth civic education through entertainment using the science of gamification to engage, retain and educate about how government functions. Read More...

Like this idea? Applaud GOVERN on the Knight News Challenge website!

Announcing our 2014 Post-Election Survey results in a new online format!

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This new interactive and intuitive design allows users to compare Overseas Vote Foundation Post–Election Survey data across states. Past Post-Election Survey data will be added in the days ahead to facilitate comparison from one Post-Election Survey to another.

See Intro to the Survey at Summit 2015

View Survey Results

Engage - Empower - Protect the American Voter

See Summit 2015 As It Happened - now available on video

U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation, FairVote, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law co-hosted the Ninth Annual Voting and Elections Summit 2015 - a conference that fostered examination of the profound and persistent issues surrounding U.S. voter participation, engagement in our democracy, and what we can do about it.  [See Summit 2015 As It Happened]  [See Conference Agenda]  [See Workshop Agenda]

The 2014 midterm election had the lowest turnout since 1942, with more than 144 million eligible voters not casting a vote. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, the two-day conference combining high-profile speakers and hands-on workshops was an incredible opportunity to discuss ways to increase voter participation, voter confidence and equitable representation in our elections. Read More...

Can I Vote Absentee? - Get the Widget Today!

 

Are you wondering: "Can I Vote Absentee?"

Instantly access the answer in one click from U.S. Vote Foundation!

Your voice matters - your vote counts. Don't let the fact that you might not be able to get to the polls stop you from voting. Make it easy with absentee voting! Get your ballot sent to your mailbox and access the convenience of 'vote-by-mail' starting today.

Use the CIVA widget to answer to the question – Can I Vote Absentee? and then access your state's absentee ballot request form. Try it now with the live widget on this page - select your state and you're on your way!

Embed the widget in your own site, post a link to the widget on your social media pages, or read more: www.usvotefoundation.org/can-i-vote-absentee

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The Future of Voting Hits the Road!

The Future of Voting interactive presentation and workshop will be a 4-city roadshow that takes place starting 28 May - 3 June, 2015. Each event will be a 3-hour session designed to engage local and state election officials and legislators in a discussion about End-to-End verifiable internet voting.

The technical and project managers of the End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting: Specification and Feasibility Study (E2E VIV Project) with be your hosts. The project was funded by a grant from the Democracy Fund in support of a research-based approach to the unanswered question of whether remote absentee voting can be conducted securely online.

The UOCAVA Voter - De Facto Disenfranchisement

This blog post has been written by Donald S. Inbody summarizing his article featured in the 'Election Law Journal'. Mr. Inbody's article discusses the implications of current election law on overseas and military voters and the struggles these demographics face when attempting to vote in elections:

Over a quarter of a million American citizens who lived overseas or were members of the American military attempted to vote in the 2012 General Election but were unable to be counted. The reasons for their failure are many, but antiquated absent voting procedures and arbitrary rules and deadlines are largely to blame. Increased use of modern technology, including the internet, will help.

Interest in making sure that Americans living abroad and service personnel located away from their homes can vote is at an all-time high. It is the rare public official who will make statements that might be perceived as advocating the disenfranchisement of someone in the armed services.

New Report by Nonprofit VOTE Report Ranks Voter Turnout in All 50 U.S. States

Just 36.6% of eligible citizens voted in the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest in a midterm since World War II, but turnout varied across states by as much as 30 percentage points. A new report by Nonprofit VOTE, America Goes to the Polls 2014, ranks voter turnout in all 50 states and looks at major factors underlying voter participation. It also details successful strategies employed by high voter turnout states.

For example, states with Election Day Registration (EDR) had the highest voter participation rates averaging 48%, 12 points higher than the turnout in states without it. Seven of the top 10 turnout states have EDR. None of the bottom 10 turnout states have EDR.

Voting Demonstration Project Repealed

Congress has repealed the federal mandate for an Internet voting demonstration project.

Since 2002’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), there has been a provision pending completion that called for an Internet voting “demonstration project” to be conducted by the Department of Defense. In 2004, a system was proffered that the Defense Department commissioned, known as the SERVE project. Ultimately, the Defense Department decided against moving forward with SERVE.

Subsequently, numerous work-arounds, and other language (including the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment [MOVE] Act of 2009) made it unclear whether the Defense Department was still planning to conduct a demonstration project. However, the Defense Department was still very much involved.

There were delays in the process until standards could be established. Members of House and Senate Armed Services Committees, as well as personnel at the Department of Defense, became convinced that Internet voting should not be instituted.

Press Releases

2014 Post Election Survey Results Released - New Interactive Online Format

Highlights Reveal Ongoing Challenges in Overseas Voting

WASHINGTON D.C. – February 5, 2015 – Overseas Vote Foundation and U.S. Vote Foundation have released their 2014 Post-Election Survey results in a new online format. This interactive presentation allows users to compare Overseas Vote Foundation Post–Election Survey data across states.

[See the 2014 Post Election Survey Results]

U.S. Vote Foundation and Overseas Vote Foundation Launch Election Official Directory Application Programming Interface

New API to Support Election Services Developers with Comprehensive Address and Contact Data for Every Local Election Jurisdiction

WASHINGTON, D.C – July 24, 2014 - U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) today announced the Election Official Directory Application Programming Interface (EOD API), which allows any voter or election services organization to utilize the data in this comprehensive election jurisdiction database in their own application or on their own website.

The Election Official Directory (EOD) is a highly successful and proven directory application that OVF / US Vote pioneered ten years ago to facilitate overseas and military voter registration and absentee ballot request processing, which is carried out at the local election office level.

Advocates Announce New "Can-I-Vote-Absentee" Widget

U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation, Verified Voting, Rock the Vote and Common Cause unveil online tool to help military, overseas, college and others securely vote absentee

October 1, 2014 - Washington, DC— Although there’s more than a month until Election Day, for a large and growing population in the United States, early and absentee voting has already begun. Today, voting advocates, including Verified Voting, the U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation, Rock the Vote and Common Cause launched a new online tool designed to help overseas, military, college and other potential absentee voters to secure, fill out, and mail back their ballots for the November mid-term election.

“Absentee voting in midterm elections is on the rise, which shouldn’t be surprising: Americans lead busy, complex lives,” said Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO of the U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation and creator of the “Can I Vote Absentee?” widget. “Millions of voters, including overseas and military voters, working parents, professionals who travel or can’t leave work, students, the disabled and the elderly need alternatives to the traditional method of going to a polling place to cast a ballot. Our new online widget can help voting organizations get the word out.”

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