Being Online Is Still Not Enough: Military and Overseas Voters

Being Online Is Still Not Enough: Military and Overseas Voters

Return to Election Data Dispatches.

In December 2011, the Pew Center on the States released Being Online is Still Not Enough. The report assessed state election websites sites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia between May and November 2010 based on three categories: content, lookup tools, and usability. 

One of the principal researchers, Kim Alexander of the California Voter Foundation, recently presented more detailed information, focusing on how state websites serve military and overseas voters.

The study examined the content of state websites in 10 voter information categories, evaluating their performance in each category using nearly 100 questions. The categories were then ranked based on how well the websites, collectively, made the information available to voters. The category for providing information to military and overseas voters ranked ninth out of 10, indicating that significant room for improvement still exists.

Additionally, at the time of the study, 50 states provided a special information section designed to help military and overseas voters register and vote, while only 22 provided information about when military voters must re-register to vote.

The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.
ian-hutchinson-U8WfiRpsQ7Y-unsplash.jpg_master

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.

Lightbulbs
Lightbulbs

States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.