Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act: Overview and Issues [April 21, 2014]   [open pdf - 339KB]

"In July 2013, the Election Assistance Commission issued its report on UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] voting in the general election of 2012. The biennial report is mandated by the Help America Vote Act. According to the results, ballots were transmitted to UOCAVA voters by election officials in all 50 states and several territories, but nearly half of all ballots were sent from California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Washington. The rate of ballots returned for counting was higher than in 2010, but lower than in the presidential election of 2008. States counted 95.8% of the ballots that were returned. Several relevant bills have been introduced in the 113th Congress, including H.R. 12, H.R. 1655, H.R. 2168, H.R. 3576, S. 123, S. 1034, and S. 1728. The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held a hearing on S. 1728 on January 29, 2014, and reported the bill with an amendment in the nature of a substitute on April 10, 2014. It would require states to report on sending blank absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters before the election, establish online voter registration and updating for uniformed services voters, and make an absentee ballot request valid for the entire two-year federal election cycle."

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