Improving State Elections for military, Overseas Voters

Policy workshop presented by CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative

Monday, Aug. 11, 9-11 a.m.

Co-Chair: Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Co-Chair: David Stafford, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, Florida
                                 
The 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act aims to ensure U.S. military personnel, their dependents and other U.S. citizens living overseas have sufficient time to request and receive ballots and states allow enough time for the ballots to be counted. Significant progress has been made, but more improvements are needed. In this session, key stakeholders will share their perspectives in working to enhance voting for overseas Americans and discuss the need for state-level policy improvements.

 

Speakers:

 

Secretary of State Jason Gant
South Dakota

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Paddy McGuire
Deputy director for state and local relations, Federal Voting Assistance Program

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Tammy Patrick
Bipartisan Policy Center

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Mark Raugust
Voting action officer, U.S. Department of State
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Scott Wiedmann
Director of communications and outreach, Federal Voting Assistance Program

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Secretary of State Jason Gant

Since his election as South Dakota secretary of state in 2010, Gant has worked to better provide information to the public through several technology initiatives, including online corporate filings and online campaign finance. Now, more information is available online through the Secretary of State's office than through any other South Dakota state agency.  
Gant created the first military voting program using the Department of Defense common access card. This program allows South Dakota servicemen and women to cast their ballot in a five-minute process that used to take them 60 days to complete, with the highest level of security and verification available.
During his three terms in the South Dakota Senate, Gant served as chairman of the Senate Government Operations and Audit Committee and as chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee. He sponsored legislation ranging from identity theft to open government and numerous bills related to the Secretary of State’s office.

 


 

 

Paddy McGuire

As deputy director, McGuire is responsible for working with all stateside elections officials. The Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program provides voting assistance to uniformed service members and their families and citizens living outside the United States. Prior to joining the Federal Voting Assistance Program in 2010, McGuire served for seven years as Oregon’s deputy secretary of state overseeing the State Elections, Audits and Corporations divisions, as senior policy advisor at the Bonneville Power Administration and as director of intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. 
McGuire is a lead author of Direct Democracy: The International IDEA Handbook, published in 2008 by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Administration, an NGO based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where he earned a degree in history and government. In 2004, he earned a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 


 

 

Tammy Patrick

As a federal compliance officer for the Maricopa County Elections Department for 11 years, Patrick was tasked with serving more than 1.9 million registered voters in the greater Phoenix Valley. In this role, she collaborated with community and political organizations to create a productive working relationship with the goal of voter participation. In May 2013, President Obama selected her to serve on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (www.supportthevoter.gov). Patrick now serves at the Bipartisan Policy Center to further the work and recommendations of the commission.
Patrick testified before Congress in 2007 on the role of election audits. She has served on the Election Center’s National Task Force on Education and Training, its Election Administration Benchmarking Task Force and its legislative committee.
Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Purdue University and has attained accreditation as a certified election voter registration administrator through the Election Center and Auburn University.

 

 

Mark Raugust
Raugust joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in 2005, where he currently serves as senior voting action officer.  In this capacity, Raugust coordinates the Department of State’s outreach and voting assistance efforts to private U.S. citizens all over the world, via its 237 embassies and consulates. He also serves as country officer for the Balkans in the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management. He is originally from Washington state, where he attended the University of Washington. 

 


 

Scott Wiedmann

Wiedmann serves as the director of communications and outreach for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, which administers the federal responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense. The act covers the voting rights of all members of the uniformed services and Merchant Marine, as well as their family members, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and all U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.
Wiedmann began his public service at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a licensing officer in the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
He holds a master’s degree in international business and a bachelor of science degree in management and marketing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.