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May 30, 2018

CSG Continues Partnership With Department of Defense for Second Overseas Voting Initiative 

LEXINGTON, KY—The Council of State Governments is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense again to educate state policymakers about overseas voting issues. This new five-year, $3.9 million effort will help uniformed services personnel and other U.S. citizens overseas vote in federal elections.
"Over the past decade, there have been tremendous improvements in promoting the right of uniformed services personnel, their voting-age dependents and overseas civilians to vote in federal elections,” said Kamanzi Kalisa, CSG's director of election policy and programming. "CSG’s partnership with the Department of Defense's Federal Voting Assistance Program will play a key role in continuing these encouraging trends.”
In 2013, CSG and the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or FVAP, entered into a four-year collaboration to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad. The CSG Overseas Voting Initiative, or OVI, made significant progress in improving the military and civilian overseas voting process in states and territories. However, additional priorities were identified throughout the course of the first cooperative agreement, and those will be addressed during this new partnership. 
“2020 will represent the 10-year anniversary of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment, or MOVE, Act provisions going into effect, which significantly enhanced the election process for military and overseas voters,” FVAP Director David Beirne said. “FVAP looks forward to our continued efforts with The Council of State Governments to better understand election administration best practices for serving our military and overseas voters, and to review the use of better data to assess the impact of the MOVE Act reforms and the market viability and usability of electronic blank ballot delivery systems.”
FVAP covers more than 5 million potential voters, including active-duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Merchant Marine and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as their voting-age dependents. It also covers U.S. citizens living outside of the United States. FVAP’s core mission is to inform voters of the right to vote and provide the tools and resources to help those who want to vote do so successfully from anywhere in the world.
CSG will work closely with the Department of Defense and the Federal Voting Assistance Program to:


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