Kamanzi Kalisa

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While it always has been possible to share information openly, the potential for open data that is easily shared and analyzed has developed slowly in the United States. Today, the global economy increasingly is operating in an open data world, with constant streams of information tracking human behavior—from where people are shopping to what TV shows they are watching. The private sector has been engaged actively in the open data space and producing large amounts of data concerning their operations in real time. Election industry policymakers and administrators are catching up.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman takes her commitment to U.S. overseas voters very personally. When asked about it, she looks back to the 1980s, when she and her husband were stationed in Germany during his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. During their deployment, their absentee ballots arrived the day after the election. It was the first time she had missed voting in an election since her 18th birthday. “I have made advocacy of our military families a signature issue. It’s a part of how we demonstrate our respect and admiration for our service members who serve the cause of freedom,” said Wyman.

With the 2016 elections on the horizon, states will be looking at new policies to improve the security, efficiency and administration of elections. U.S. elections by their very nature are decentralized and often complex with each state determining its own election laws and voting equipment. Five elections policy areas loom large for state policymakers in 2015—voting technology, overseas voting, data sharing between the states, voting law challenges and campaign finance.

On Election Day 2014, voters in four of five states rejected ballot propositions specifically addressing voting rights and election administration.

With Election Day 2014 less than a week away, voters in five states will decide on ballot propositions specifically addressing voting rights and election administration.

North Carolina joins a growing list of state voting law cases that are being challenged in federal courts, often times going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 2 blocked two provisions of North Carolina’s 2013 voting law, considered by many analysts to be one of the most comprehensive state voting laws in the country.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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