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In an election year, voter registration becomes an important agenda item for states throughout the country. This year, many states have employed new techniques in order to encourage voter registration and participation. For example, the State of Oregon has been on the forefront of one particular measure to increase registration. After passing a law in 2015, the state unveiled a program that automatically registers voters when they apply for, renew, or replace their state ID, or driver’s license at the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle...

CSG’s Military Ballot Tracking Pilot Program deployed a robust tracking system of both blank and voted ballots (around 3,500 ballots) throughout the mail flow, including blank ballots navigating through the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Military Postal Service during the 2016 November General Election. California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida are the four states participating in the pilot program that involves coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), the U.S. Postal Service, and...

On Friday, Sept. 23, Facebook, the social media giant and member of the CSG Associates program, pushed out a banner message to its American users reminding them to register to vote. The message read, “Are you registered to vote? Register now to make sure you have a voice in the election.” The reminder also included a link to the federal directory of state voter registration websites, and an option to share with your friends that you had registered. Facebook kept the banner up through Monday, Sept. 26. This is not the first time...

On Monday, Sept. 19, Thomas Hicks, chairman of the Election Assistance Commission, or EAC, announced the winners of the “Election Workers Best Practices Competition.” This national competition was created in order to identify and acknowledge quality poll worker management practices from states throughout the country. “The EAC received more submissions than had been expected,” said Hicks. Each submission was reviewed in depth by a seven-...

On September 21 the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Department of Defense organization tasked with ensuring that service members and overseas citizens are given the tools and resources necessary to vote, released the findings of the first-ever representative survey of overseas voters who requested an absentee ballot. FVAP will use their analysis of this information to better reach and provide information to overseas voters.