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Ask the EAC 11.28.11

from: on Nov 28, 2011

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What is the MOVE Act?

The 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act established procedures for military and overseas citizen voters to request and for states to send registration information by mail and electronically. The Act requires states to designate at least one means of electronic communication for military voters and overseas citizens to request and receive voter registration applications and absentee ballots. The Act also requires states to transmit information to these voters 45 days before an election.

EAC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are helping the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) launch its pilot programs by providing best practices or standards. In addition, MOVE reiterated the 2004 mandate from Congress requiring EAC to create guidelines for the development of a remote electronic voting system.

In EAC’s Report to Congress, we define our goal to develop remote voting guidelines that will best serve the needs of FVAP and military and overseas citizen voters. The report describes the work EAC has completed, including research, pilot program requirements and the funding provided to NIST to develop remote electronic absentee voting guidelines. EAC has also developed a program manual and federal certification process for voting systems that would serve UOCAVA voters. For more information about the MOVE Act and EAC’s activities, visit the military and overseas voting section of EAC’s website.

What is the reporting schedule for HAVA funds?

Please see EAC’s reporting schedule chart.

Every week we get questions about voter registration updates. Recent questions include: 

  • How do I update my voter registration information if I’ve moved?
  • Do you have to register to vote after moving?
  • How do I register to vote if I move to another county within the same state?

Voter registration does not move with you, so you will have to complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. Read more about moving and registering to vote. For more information about re-registering in the jurisdiction of your new address, visit your state’s election office website.

How can I register to vote online?

Many states offer online registration tools, as well as ways to verify registration status. Visit your state’s election website to find out what customer service tools they offer.

How do I register to vote for the 2012 elections?

You can register using the process in the state where you live or by using the national mail voter registration form. Please note that registration requirements vary by state, so be sure to check with your state to find out what is required.

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Ask the EAC 11.28.11

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