Improving State Elections for Military, Overseas Voters

CSG's Overseas Voting Initiative

Improving State Elections for Military, Overseas Voters

August 11, 2014

The 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act aims to ensure U.S. military personnel, their dependents and other U.S. citizens living overseas have sufficient time to request and receive ballots and states allow enough time for the ballots to be counted. Significant progress has been made, but more improvements are needed. In this session, key stakeholders shared their perspectives in working to enhance voting for overseas Americans and discussed the need for state-level policy improvements. 


Secretary of State Jason Gant, South Dakota

 Download the Presentation "iOASIS" as a Video (with audio)

Paddy McGuire, Deputy Director for State and Local Relations, Federal Voting Assistance Program

  Download the presentation "FVAP & State Officials: Our Road Ahead" in PDF (without audio) or in Video (with audio) 

Tammy Patrick, Bipartisan Policy Center

  Download the presentation "The American Voting Experience" in PDF (without audio) or in Video (with audio)

Mark Raugust, Voting Action Officer, U.S. Department of State 

Scott Wiedmann, Director of Communications and Outreach, Federal Voting Assistance Program 

Speaker Biographies:

Secretary of State Jason Gant, South Dakota

Gant has worked to provide better election information to the public through several technology initiatives and online resources. He simplified the military voting program, reducing a 60-day process to five minutes. Gant previously served three terms in the state Senate. 

Paddy McGuire

McGuire works closely with all statewide election officials to implement the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, which provides voting assistance to uniformed service members and their families and citizens living outside the United States. He previously served as Oregon’s deputy secretary of state, overseeing the State Elections, Audits and Corporations divisions. 

Tammy Patrick 

As a federal compliance officer for the Maricopa County Elections Department, Patrick collaborated with community and political organizations to improve voter participation. In May 2013, President Obama selected her to serve on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. At the Bipartisan Policy Center, Patrick furthers the work and recommendations of the commission

Mark Raugust

Raugust coordinates the State Department’s outreach and voting assistance efforts to U.S. citizens all over the world via its 237 embassies and consulates. He also serves as country officer for the Balkans in the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management. 

Scott Wiedmann

Wiedmann serves as the director of communications and outreach for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, which administers the federal responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act for the U.S. Department of Defense. The act covers the voting rights of service members and citizens residing outside the U.S.