Resolution Supporting Online Voting Information for Military and Overseas Citizens

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WHEREAS, members of the Uniformed Services, including the United States Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are serving the United States in many locations throughout the world today; and

WHEREAS, members of the Uniformed Services are making extraordinary personal sacrifices in service to the United States to promote and defend democracy; and

WHEREAS, many overseas citizens are serving in the Peace Corps, doing missionary work, working in the foreign service field, attending school or pursing work in an international field; and

WHEREAS, the most precious right of a democracy is the right to vote; and

WHEREAS, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) passed in October 2009 made significant changes to federal election laws affecting absentee voting by uniformed and overseas citizens; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Defense's Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.fvap.gov) Website provides and maintains election information specifically focused on assisting voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and MOVE, including a link to each state’s elections Web site with specific elections information regarding UOCAVA voting; and

WHEREAS, it is important that individual states maintain election information specific to UOCAVA voters on their Web sites; and

WHEREAS, state leaders are committed to assuring that all qualified citizens can have their right to vote facilitated by state election officials through the most secure methods available; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments recommends that each state’s elections Web site provide specific information for UOCAVA voters, and that each Web site provide a link to the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the full funding of HAVA requirements to help states improve electronic communication and information available to military and overseas voters.

 

Adopted this 13th Day of August, 2014 at CSG’s 2014 National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.