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Iowa #1 in military voting


DES MOINES (KWWL) – Secretary of State Michael A. Mauro announced that Iowa ranked first in a national report on the ease of military and overseas voting.

The report titled, “It’s in the Mail: Surveying UOCAVA Voters and Barriers to Voting,” was published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF). The study scores the states based on successful implementation of federal overseas voting legislation using data from the 2008 General Election.

Prior to the 2008 General Election, Mauro adopted new rules to give military and overseas voters the ability to receive unvoted ballots by email or fax. This was a vast improvement to the election process for these voters, increasing the likelihood that voters receive ballots soon enough to complete them and return them before the deadline.

In a press release, the OVF notes top-scoring states have “voting policies that are the easiest to navigate for overseas and military voters.”

For more information on the report and its methodology, visit The report can also be accessed directly by visiting

More information on military and overseas voting in Iowa can be found by visiting


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