Major New Pew Study Finds Many States Not Meeting Military Voters’ Needs

Contact: Janet Lane, 202.552.2037 or Andrew McDonald, 202.552.2178


Washington, DC - 12/30/2008 - A major new report, to be released January 6 by the Pew Center on the States’ Make Voting Work (MVW) initiative, shows that many states are not meeting the needs of military voters overseas. The study analyzes states’ absentee voting processes to determine if military personnel stationed overseas are given enough time to vote.

The study finds overseas military voters face challenges ranging from blank absentee ballots being mailed out too late to completed ballots being returned by fax or email, raising questions about the privacy and security of the votes. The report proposes policy changes to improve the voting process for overseas military personnel.

WHO:  
David Becker, Project Director, Pew’s Make Voting Work
Kil Huh, Research Director, Pew Center on the States
Moderator: Doug Chapin, Director, Pew’s Make Voting Work

WHAT: Release of “No Time to Vote,” a new report by Pew Center on the States’ Make Voting Work

WHERE: U.S. Toll Free: 888-299-4099. Verbal Passcode (to be given to the operator): VC51735

WHEN:  January 6, 2009, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

For additional information and to RSVP for the phone press conference, contact Janet Lane at 202-552-2037 or Andrew McDonald at 202-552-2178.

Make Voting Work, a project of the Pew Center on the States, seeks to foster an election system that achieves the highest standards of accuracy, accessibility, efficiency and security.  The initiative examines the most pressing election problems, and undertakes and evaluates pilot projects and experiments designed to address them. This research will inform our efforts to identify effective solutions through changes in policies, practices and technology.  Online at www.pewcenteronthestates.org.

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