DOD online study eyes absentee voter process

DOD online study eyes absentee voter process

Defense Department officials are conducting a routine survey to determine whether the absentee ballot process can be improved, but for the first time respondents can complete the poll via the Internet.

While the nation awaited the results of the controversial 2000 presidential election, which emphasized the impact of overseas military votes, service members could complete the poll on paper or online to help guide officials at the Federal Voting Assistance Program in Washington.

The surveys, along with a Web access code,were mailed to a random sample of citizens covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

The survey seeks responses from military personnel, federal civilians working overseas, citizens living abroad, voting assistance officers and local election officials.

The Gallup Organization is conducting the survey for FVAP, which will analyze the results.

'Julie Britt

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