Congress MOVEs to Help Overseas Voters

The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act is probably not high on your radar screen of activities in the U.S. Congress — but it is important to me, for two reasons, aside from the most basic one that it enables broader access for overseas voters.

  1. The bill avoided partisan politics that usually sidelines any election reform.
  2. The bill calls for sensible, incremental use of technology, including the Internet, to help voters.

I recommend the excellent National Journal Online article for a more in-depth view behind the scenes, with quotes from some of the organizations that helped identify the problem and its scope, and suggest solutions — such the Pew Center on the States, and Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law. The article also has a concise look at the current Congressional activity around technology and election reform – in the area of voter registration. My thanks to Eliza Newlin Carney for this fine reporting.