FVAP strives to achieve its mission through advocacy with and assistance to election officials and voters covered under UOCAVA. FVAP’s strategic goals and policies depend on the resulting data from the grant program to inform us on the voting experience for uniformed and overseas voters. In 2011, FVAP created the Electronic Absentee System for Elections (EASE) research grant program to understand better the different challenges that military and overseas voters face.
The EASE research grant program funded 35 programs in States and localities that included online ballot delivery, online voter registration, automated ballot duplication, online ballot requests and online ballot tracking. As we move forward to the next research grant program, FVAP will narrow the scope of its research and address two of the most critical aspects of the electoral process for military and overseas voters: ballot transit time and voter confusion.
The EASE 2 research grant program focuses in two specific areas: online ballot delivery tools and single point of contact (single POC) for the transmission of election materials in State election offices.