Improving Elections for Military and Overseas Voters: Lance Gough

For decades, members of the U.S. military and their dependents experienced problems at every step of the overseas voting process: registering to vote, requesting and receiving absentee ballots, and returning absentee ballots. State and local election administrators face challenges associated with maintaining accurate registration rolls for a highly mobile and transient population, some of whom reside in remote areas of the world. While significant progress has been made, there is still room for states to improve the military and overseas voting process. In this session, key stakeholders shared their experiences and perspectives in working to enhance voting for overseas Americans. They also discussed the need for state-level policy improvements to better enfranchise this important voting population. This session also explained how CSG, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, is helping to improve the U.S. military and overseas voting process through the CSG Overseas Voting Initiative.

Improving State Elections for Military, Overseas Voters
Friday, December 11, 2015

Sponsored by the CSG Overseas Voting Initiative

Presentation by Lance Gough, Executive Director, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners

Speaker Biography:  

Gough has served Chicago—and its 1.4 million voters—for 35 years and counting. Under his leadership, Chicago has led the nation in student poll workers and led Illinois in the introduction of online ballot access for military and overseas voters. Gough has worked with election administrators around the world, as well as with lever machines, punch cards, optical scanners and touch screens.