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by Pauline Ugalde - Second in a Series

Reflecting on the 2018 mid-term elections, I decided to write about how I felt my experience as a visually-impaired voter impacted my voting rights. Furthermore, how it complicated what should be a simple process, what my observations were, what feedback I...

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This ABSTRACT of the original article, Turnout in Local Elections: Is Timing Really Everything? by Melissa Marschall and John Lappie in the Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy Vol. 17, No. 3 copyright and published by Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, Inc. The complete article is available...

Guest Blog Announcing RGA's GoVoteBot

Dear Readers - US Vote is proud to feature this blog from one of the best civic tech solutions developers we've had the honor to meet: R/GA and their brilliant team.

Every American has their own highly-personal reasons for voting. Whether health, family, safety, income, or education, we aren’t...

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By Pauline Ugalde

The midterm election season is about to peak and I would like to address the voting process from a unique perspective: that of a first-time, visually-impaired voter and how that initial experience informs my decision to vote again in the upcoming midterm election.

Over the years...

verified voting

Several startup companies have begun to promote Internet voting systems, this time with a new twist – using a blockchain as the container for voted ballots transmitted from voters’ private devices. Blockchains are a relatively new system category somewhat akin to a distributed database. Proponents promote them as a revolutionary innovation providing strong security guarantees that can render online elections safe from cyber attack.

Unfortunately, such claims are false....

The Skimm in plain black

Whoosh! theSkimm has hit the accelerator with their NoExcuses campaign.

In their own words, No Excuses is "theSkimm's nonpartisan campaign aiming to get 100,000 people to vote in the midterm elections. We're not here to tell you who to vote for, we just want to make sure that you vote. Because democracy." And that about says it all.

Overseas Voting Blog Series on 2016 Turnout

Approximately 7% of eligible American overseas voters returned their ballots in the 2016 General Election. That's right. Just 7%.

It's a tiny improvement over the 4% level last reported, which we also found quite disappointing

The Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) most recent Overseas...

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Over the years, many states have added a program for registered voters, called VOTE IN HONOR OF A VETERAN. A wonderful program to honor the men and women who fight for the freedom of all Americans and citizens around the world. Once you fill out your state’s form, they might send you a printable certificate, bumper sticker and/or lapel pin. New states are being added. Any of these states yours?

US Students Abroad Request Your Overseas Ballot sign

American students are increasingly taking part in Study Abroad programs. During the 2015-2016 school year, the growth rate of students studying abroad was 3.8%. Of those 325,339 students, how many realized that they carried with them their right to vote?[1]

U.S. students take part in summer...