Requirements for voter registration and types of electronic transmission permitted (email, fax, online portals) vary by state. Whether voters can submit their ballots electronically also varies by state.
Especially this year, when absentee voting may be delayed or disrupted by service reductions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that state election websites clearly communicate with all voters covered under “UOCAVA”, said FVAP Director David Beirne. States and territories are welcome to use FVAP.gov [ https://www.fvap.gov/ ] as a resource for their “UOCAVA” content and to incorporate the best practices uncovered in our research.
FVAP assessed three aspects of “UOCAVA” information on state and territory websites: how quickly “UOCAVA” information could be located, adequacy of the websites information on registration and voting procedures, and how easy it was to understand and use the information. In most instances, a voter can quickly locate a states UOCAVA information, but the website of a few states and territories, it takes long, about one and a half minutes. On average, state websites included 9 out of 11 key pieces of “UOCAVA” voting information, but finding and understanding the information was rated the most difficult of the three tasks.
States can improve their websites and help military and overseas voters by:
* Implementing search engine optimization strategies
* Making it easy to find “UOCAVA” information on election homepages and through menus
* Putting all “UOCAVA” information on one page
* Organizing information by how a voter would go through the process
* Using lists or tables to organize information
* Avoiding jargon and removing unnecessary content
The complete study can be found at “Assessing State UOCAVA Web Pages [ https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Reports/Assessing-State-UOCAVA-Web-Pages-FINAL.pdf ].”
If you’d like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process, please visit FVAP.gov or call FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN at 425-1584 (CONUS)/(312) 425-1584 (OCONUS); or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Go to FVAP.gov [ http://wwww.fvap.gov ] for more information*