CSG Overseas Voting Initiative
Many active duty military personnel are located in remote areas abroad and have limited access to state voting information and, in some cases, their ballot. U.S. citizens living overseas also have unique challenges in exercising their right to vote. These challenges are complicated by extreme variation in how states conduct elections and how absentee ballots are processed.
In September 2013, CSG launched a four-year, $3.2 million initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad.
As part of this effort, CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative maintains two separate advisory working groups. The CSG Policy Working Group is examining military and overseas voting recommendations from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, as well as other successful programs and practices across the country. The CSG Technology Working Group is exploring issues such as performance metrics and data standardization for incorporation into state and local elections administration policies and practices for overseas ballots. Through the initiative, CSG will provide state policymakers and state and local election officials with best practice guides to ensure the men and women of the U.S. military and Americans living overseas are able to enjoy the same right to vote as citizens living in the United States.
Overseas Voting Initiative Leadership
- Kamanzi G. Kalisa, Director, Overseas Voting Initiative
Michelle M. Shafer, Senior Research Associate, Elections Technology, Overseas Voting Initiative
Ann McGeehan, Special Adviser, Overseas Voting Initiative; Member, Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Policy Working Group Members
Hon. Kim Wyman – Secretary of State, Washington
Hon. Jim Condos – Secretary of State, Vermont
Hon. Jon A. Husted – Secretary of State, Ohio
Mr. Gary Poser – Director of Elections, Minnesota
Mr. Keith Ingram – Director of Elections, Texas
Mr. Kevin Kennedy – Director and General Counsel, Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin
Mr. Lance Gough – Executive Director, Board of Election Commissioners, City of Chicago, Illinois
Hon. David Stafford – Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County, Florida
Mr. Michael Vu – Registrar of Voters, San Diego County, California
Ms. Tammy Patrick – Auxiliary Member, CSG Policy Working Group; Member, Presidential Commission on Election Administration; Senior Adviser of the Democracy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
>> Read the OVI Policy Working Group Recommendations here.
Technology Working Group Members
CSG is working with SBG Technology Solutions to produce a detailed research analysis study to improve the accuracy and consistency of voter data through the standardization of data management practices. Read more about this project here.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT
For more information about CSG's Overseas Voting Initiative, contact:
Kamanzi Kalisa, director, Overseas Voting Initiative, CSG National
(202) 624-3539 | firstname.lastname@example.org