Enfranchising Overseas Voters

Publication: NationalJournal.com

Author: Eliza Newlin Carney

11/05/2007 - The Defense Department has poured more than $1 million into making it easier for military personnel and other overseas Americans to vote, but has little to show for it.

Last year a measly one-third of the roughly 1 million absentee ballots requested for the 2006 general election by overseas Americans were ever actually cast or counted, according to the Election Assistance Commission. An estimated 6 million Americans live abroad, but those who try to vote face postal delays, bureaucratic obstacles and a jumble of state-specific requirements, experts say.

Now a couple of nonprofits have stepped in and produced on a shoestring budget precisely the kind of common-sense, user-friendly solution that's so long eluded DOD. It's a software program that walks overseas civilians and military service members through the complex process of registering and casting absentee ballots.

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