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Iowa Recognized by National Military Voter Protection Project as All-Star StateIowa recognized for extraordinary efforts to protect the voting rights of service members and their families
(Des Moines)—The State of Iowa was recognized as an All-Star state today by the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project (www.mvpproject.org) for taking significant efforts to promote and protect the voting rights of America’s military service members and their families.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz said, “We are pleased to receive this recognition from the MVP Project for Iowa’s efforts to promote and protect the voting rights of Iowa’s service members, the very people who are fighting to protect our right to vote here at home. For the first time, all active-duty military personnel serving outside the boundaries of the United States will be able to return their ballots via email or fax to their hometown county auditor. The Secretary of State website also has an area dedicated to military voters and their families, providing them with all the information they might need to cast a ballot in this year’s election.” (Military Voters link: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava.html)
In analyzing these states, the MVP Project looked at a number of factors, including:
- The state’s efforts to work with and reach out to local military installations and National Guard units on a proactive basis to provide on-base voter assistance;
- Its use of electronic and web-based services to send election materials;
- Its willingness to create specialized communications to military voters either through public service announcements or web-based announcements;
- The state’s legislative efforts to eliminate barriers to military voter participation; and
- Its track record of making sure that absentee military ballots are sent out no later than 45-days before the election and, when they are not, a high degree of accountability to resolve any violations.
Iowa was recognized as an All-Star state by the Military Voter Protection Project, in addition to: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
“These states are led by a tremendous group of state and local election officials who have made military voters a priority in elections,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project.