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electionlineWeekly — December 17, 2015

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III. CSG Overseas Voting Reccomendations

This week, the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Overseas Voting Initiative (OVI), released best-practice policy recommendations for military and overseas voting.

The CSG Policy Working Group split into four subcommittees to study the following specific areas related to military and overseas voting:

  • Voter Communication
  • Federal Post Card Applications (FPCAs)
  • Online Voter Registration for U.S. Military & Civilian Overseas Voters
  • Improved Engagement with the U.S. Military Community

“I am extremely pleased with the work product that has come from the CSG Policy Working Group,” said Matt Boehmer, FVAP Director. “FVAP saw a need for this important research and collaboration and The Council of State Governments is successfully filling this role for us by bringing together election officials and experts from across the nation to focus their attention on military and overseas voting.”

The CSG OVI Policy Recommendations document can be found here. A more expansive report on the work of the CSG OVI Policy Working Group will be issued by CSG during the first quarter of 2016.

In September 2013, CSG launched a four-year, $3.2 million initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad.