No Time to Vote

Challenges Facing America's Overseas Military Voters


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This 2009 report, No Time to Vote: Challenges Facing America's Overseas Military Voters, was the first-ever detailed public analysis of states' voting systems for military personnel stationed overseas.

Pew undertook this state-by-state research in response to widespread concerns about challenges facing military voters abroad. Only one-third of the estimated one million ballots distributed to military and overseas voters in 2006 were actually cast or counted, according to the federal Election Assistance Commission. Figures for the 2008 election are not yet available. An estimated six million military and overseas civilian voters have the right to cast absentee ballots in America's federal elections. No Time to Vote was developed by the Pew Center on the States' Election Initiatives, which seeks to foster an election system that achieves the highest standards of accuracy, convenience, efficiency, and security.

For each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, researchers calculated the amount of time it takes overseas military voters and election officials to complete each step of the absentee voting process. The researchers then determined if all of the steps could be completed in time for each state's election deadlines and assessed whether overseas military voters have enough time to vote.

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