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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 thePresidential 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. For more information, visit www.csg.org/OVI.
CSG director of the Overseas Voting Initiative
Kalisa, who administers the Overseas Voting Initiative, or OVI, works in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program. OVI convenes and supports working advisory groups that promote best practices and facilitate data standardization policy solutions. Kalisa previously directed the Georgia Help America Vote Act Program for the Georgia Office of Secretary of State and assisted with projects mandated by The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act—a federal election voting rights act that concerns citizens residing overseas. Kalisa holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
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