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Nov. 12, 2018

Taylor Lansdale Selected to Oversee The Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative

LEXINGTON, KY—The Council of State Governments announced today that former policy analyst Taylor Lansdale has been selected to lead the Overseas Voting Initiative, or OVI, as program manager. In this post, he will manage CSG’s new five-year, $3.9 million cooperative agreement between CSG and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, or FVAP, to research efforts to improve the voting process for U.S. military and overseas voters and the election officials who serve them.
In addition to his new role with OVI, Lansdale also serves as a military intelligence officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard.
“Taylor is an excellent addition to the OVI team, and both CSG and FVAP will benefit from him joining us in this very important work,” said Elizabeth Whitehouse, director of The CSG Center of Innovation. “Taylor has excellent leadership, career experience both inside and outside the military, and a passion for the OVI’s mission. He brings a first-hand look at hurdles our military and overseas citizens often face in registering to vote and casting a ballot.”
Lansdale previously served as a policy analyst for CSG in the field of occupational licensure where he examined the effects of licensing on military spouses and veterans, citizens with criminal records, and unemployed or dislocated workers. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in political science. Additionally, he earned his J.D. degree from University of Kentucky College of Law and served as a staff attorney for the Department of Public Advocacy in Morehead, Kentucky, prior to joining CSG.
"Taylor's experience and skillset are especially helpful to the OVI's work across the Department of Defense and the U.S. Military's service branches, overseas citizens, the elections community, and other stakeholders involved in our work to research best practices and how to improve the voting process for this group of Americans," said David Beirne, director of FVAP. "Thanks to his continuing service in the National Guard, Taylor can personally understand the unique challenges of military voters and Voting Assistance Officers. I'm quite excited for the work ahead on our latest cooperative agreement with CSG after spending time with Taylor while planning the research focus of the OVI for 2019 and beyond."
Lansdale will lead the project from CSG’s Lexington, Kentucky, headquarters.
“The Overseas Voting Initiative’s mission is very meaningful to me,” Lansdale said. “I am eager to work with the team and help make a difference in the military and overseas voting process during this second cooperative agreement between CSG and FVAP. We’re building on an excellent foundation created by the OVI team, CSG and FVAP previously. I am honored to have this opportunity and anxious to get started.”
A link to an earlier press release about the OVI can be found here.


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