Voting is Made Easier for Americans Abroad

Publication: International Herald Tribune

Author: Brian Knowlton

09/14/2008 - It should be easier than ever for Americans abroad to register and vote in the autumn elections, thanks partly to the efforts not of the government but of a few private organizations.

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The nonpartisan Overseas Vote Foundation, founded by expatriate voters in Munich, is offering twofold assistance to address key problems facing overseas civilian and military voters: receiving ballots and then getting them back to election officials in time.

Software on the group's Web site,, allows voters not only to print out the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, available to anyone failing to receive requested ballots in time; it uses their home ZIP codes to fill in the names of all relevant federal candidates.

That program, using data from, is being financed by the Pew Center on the States. Pew is also inaugurating an ad campaign to educate overseas voters about their options.

Read the full article Voting is Made Easier for Americans Abroad on the International Herald Tribune Web site.

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