Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act

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The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (or MOVE Act) is Subtitle H of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (H.R. 2647, Pub.L. 111–84, 123 Stat. 2190.) and was an act of Congress signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama on October 28, 2009. The law amended various provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). The overall purpose of the law is to help military serving overseas and citizens who live abroad vote in U.S. elections. Most provisions apply to the November 2010 elections. A notable exception is the requirement (in Subsection E) that requires states to allow "a UOCAVA voter to enter his/her address or other information relevant to the local election jurisdiction and receive a list of all candidates for Federal office in that jurisdiction".[1]

While implementation of the act has been spotty, a report by the Overseas Vote Foundation released in January 2013 states that, "the MOVE Act has begun to shift overseas voting trends in a new and welcome direction."[2]

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  1. ^ NASS Summary: Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act
  2. ^ "2012 Post-Election Voter Survey Reports". Overseas Vote Foundation. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 

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