Overseas Voting Initiative's Technologly Working Group Releases Recommendations

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Overseas Voting Initiative's Technology Working Group, during the 2016 CSG National Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, announced recommendations to address challenges facing military and overseas voters.

In late 2013, CSG entered into a four-year partnership with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), to improve the voting process for Service members, their families and citizens living abroad. The creation of the OVI Technology Working Group was one component of that partnership. 

"These recommendations from the Overseas Voting Initiative Technology Working Group for improvement in the UOCAVA voting process provide real-world examples that will serve as a model for legislators and election officials throughout the country. FVAP and CSG teamed to form the Overseas Voting Initiative three years ago and we are very encouraged by the OVI's progress to date," FVAP Director Matt Boehmer said. "The Technology Working Group tasked three core area subgroups to address and produce recommendations on: (1) duplication methods for unreadable/damaged ballots, (2) potential uses of digital signatures originating from Common Access Cards for ease of registering and requesting ballots and (3) the use of data standardization and performance metrics methodologies to educate policy decisions."

View the OVI Technology Working Group Recommendations at http://www.csg.org/ovi/documents/KKOVITechRecs.pdf


Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization that works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world.

FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice, and election officials from 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. State and local governments administer U.S. elections, including those for federal offices. FVAP supports State and local election officials by providing absentee voting information, materials, training and guidance.

Voters can contact FVAP's call center at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find FVAP on Facebook at facebook.com/DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.