GAO says DOD needs better planning to address absentee voting challenges


GAO: The Department of Defense (DOD), through its Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), has taken steps to identify challenges and needed improvements to its military and overseas absentee voting assistance efforts. However, two long-standing issues—limited awareness of resources for voters and the unpredictable postal delivery of absentee ballots—continue to pose challenges….  Regarding the unpredictable postal delivery of absentee ballots, the timeliness of a voter’s receipt or return of an absentee ballot depends on a number of variables, such as the mode and speed of transportation used to transmit mail….  DOD has reported that UOCAVA voters (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act)—which it estimated included over 6 million citizens living outside the United States—had their ballots rejected at a higher rate than non-UOCAVA voters, primarily because they were received by local election offices after each election’s deadline. Read more.