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electionlineWeekly--October 20, 2011

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III. Research and Report Summaries

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2010 Post Election Survey Report to Congress - Federal Voting Assistance Program, September 2011: Findings of this survey of military and overseas voters as well as local election officials about the November 2010 election include:


  • 77 percent of the military registered to vote, before adjusting for age and gender, compared with 65 percent of the general population.
  • A 21 percent increase in the unadjusted active duty military voter participation rate between 2006 and 2010. The report cites the passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act in 2009 and its requirement to send ballots out 45 days before Election Day and electronic delivery of blank ballots to voters as a possible reason for this increase.
  • 29 percent of military voters expecting an absentee ballot never received it in 2010, an increase from 17 percent in 2008.
  • 44 percent of jurisdictions did not start transmitting ballots until after 45 days prior to Election Day, although it is unclear if this deadline was missed or whether these jurisdictions received their first absentee ballot applications after the 45-day deadline.


Felon Voter Fraud Convictions Stemming from Minnesota’s 2008 General Election - Minnesota Majority, October 13, 2011: Minnesota Majority found 113 individuals who voted in the 2008 general election have been convicted of felon voter fraud – voting while ineligible due to their felony status. The report states that as many as 2,803 ineligible felons may have cast ballots in the 2008 general election, but this more limited number were convicted because state law requires an offender to have knowingly broken the law to be charged and convicted for voter fraud. Recommendations include changing procedures for Election Day registration to better detect ineligible voters.