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Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act: Overview and Issues
Kevin J. Coleman (au)
Members of the uniformed services and U.S. citizens who live abroad are eligible to register and vote absentee in federal elections under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA, P.L. 99-410) of 1986. The law was enacted to improve absentee registration and voting for this group of voters and to consolidate existing laws. Since 1942, a number of federal laws have been enacted to assist these voters: the Soldier Voting Act of 1942 (P.L. 77-712, amended in 1944), the Federal Voting Assistance Act of 1955 (P.L. 84-296), the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975 (P.L. 94-203, both the 1955 and 1975 laws were amended in 1978 to improve procedures), and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986. The law is administered by the Secretary of Defense, who delegates that responsibility to the director of the Fed. Voting Assistance Program at the Dept. of Defense (DOD). Contents of this report: Historical Overview; Summary of the Law: Provisions of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act of 2010; The Federal Voting Assistance Program: FVAP Programs Since 2000 to Encourage Voting Participation; Legislation; Current Issues and Development. This is a print on demand report.
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