The Federal Voting Assistance Program Released 2016 Post-Election Report to Congress
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) released its 2016 Post-Election Report to Congress.
Following General Elections, FVAP produces a Post-Election Report to Congress. The report provides Congress with voter registration and participation information on voters that fall under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA): active duty members of the Uniformed Services; their eligible family members; and U.S. Citizens residing abroad. FVAP’s report also includes data on the voting assistance that was provided to UOCAVA voters from FVAP and Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) and shares findings from post-election surveys of State and local election officials.
While not all voting Service members reside overseas, approximately 75% live away from their voting State - leading to a need for efficient and effective absentee ballot processes to ensure all votes cast are counted.
According to the report, their efforts to connect with Service members increased awareness of FVAP among those who needed assistance to 60% during the 2016 election from 37% in 2014.
And Service members exposed to FVAP materials had higher knowledge of key voting information like key absentee voting date, how to register and request a ballot, and how to submit an absentee ballot.
The report also shows that Services members were significantly more likely to return their ballots if they used a DoD voting assistance resource — like FVAP.gov or FVAP’s call center and Voting Assistance Officers in their units or on their military installations.
Based on the collected election data from the 2016 General Election and existing FVAP program activities, three themes continue as areas of focus that FVAP will undertake in support of the upcoming 2018 election cycle and beyond:
- Reduce obstacles to UOCAVA Citizen Voting Success.
- Continue Expansion of UOCAVA Voter Awareness and Outreach Initiatives
- Enhance Measures of Effectiveness and Participation
The full report includes information from how aware Service members are of FVAP - to the Service members’ interest level in elections - to how many absentee ballots were transmitted by election offices, and much more.
For more highlights on FVAP’s 2016 Post-Election Report to Congress, click here.
For the full report, click here.
In September 2013, CSG launched a four-year, $3.2 million cooperative agreement 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. The link to CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative can be found here: http://www.csg.org/ovi/default.aspx
FVAP 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. The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA requires that the 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia allow protected voters to register and vote absentee in general, special, primary and runoff elections for federal offices. States and territories may have supplementary laws and requirements, which are available at FVAP.gov.