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2012 Post Election Surveys Sent Out to Absentee Voters

November 6, 2012

Washington, D.C. Ė Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) and US Vote Foundation (US Vote) launched the fifth General Election round of post election voter surveys on Election Day.

This yearís updated 2012 Post Election Voter Surveys have been sent to approximately 110,000 overseas and military absentee voters and 10,000 domestic voters. The online surveys will be open until December 31, 2012 and results will be released at the annual OVF/US Vote Summit conference in Washington D.C. on January 24, 2013.

The OVF survey of military and overseas voters has been designed to capture crucial voter feedback and trend information regarding the effects of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. A core issue that will be examined is whether ballot timeliness, receipt, and return rates have been improved with new online ballot delivery systems that were implemented under the Federal Voting Assistance Programís EASE grants valued at $27 million.

The OVF post election surveys have emerged over the past 8 years as the most reliable information resource for congress and the election community when considering overseas and military voting issues and improvements.

While this is OVFís fifth post election survey directed at the American overseas community, this distribution marks the first year that the research will expand to include domestic absentee balloting experiences. US Vote Foundation was launched in January of 2012.

"Results from previous OVF surveys have supported much needed electoral reform at the federal level, including the MOVE Act, and technical improvements at the state level. Through US Vote, OVF aims to support the actionable improvements to the domestic absentee balloting processes that we have done with overseas absentee balloting," said Dr. Claire Smith, OVFís Director of Research.

About Overseas Vote Foundation:

Overseas Vote Foundation, founded in 2005, is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) public charity organization dedicated to serving the voter registration and ballot request needs of uniformed and overseas American citizens who wish to participate in federal elections by providing online access to innovative online voter tools and services. For more information, visit

About US Vote Foundation:

US Vote Foundation, founded in 2012, provides domestic US voters with public access to state-specific voter registration and absentee balloting tools and services. US Vote is a trademarked initiative of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Overseas Vote Foundation. More information is available at

About Dr. Claire Smith:

Specializing in comparative political parties and party systems, Dr. Smith received her PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught as an adjunct professor of politics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and presented her research to the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. She is currently finishing her book, "Itís in the Mail: The Overseas and Military Voting Experience."

About OVF Research Program:

The OVF Research Program is dedicated to collecting and analyzing data on overseas and military voting. The core of the program includes the Post Election Voter Survey and the OVF Research Newsletter.

Related Material:
OVF Research Reports
OVF Research Newsletter

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat
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