Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is teaming up with researchers at Syracuse University to study absentee voting challenges that active duty servicemembers face each election cycle.
The nonpartisan survey, conducted by MOAA’s charitable foundation, MOAA Military Family Initiative (MMFI), and the university’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), will gather information from active duty servicemembers to study this select group’s perceptions of the voting and absentee voting processes. Participation in the survey is voluntary and will remain anonymous. Guard and Reserve members, veterans, and family members also may participate.
In 2016, through a project funded by the Democracy Fund, MMFI conducted an outreach campaign to inform and educate military families about absentee voting. Project outcomes suggested a need to better understand these families’ perceptions and understanding of the absentee voting process and use those findings to help increase military family participation in the voting process.
By analyzing survey responses, the foundation and university hope to identify perceived obstacles, dispel myths, and — wherever possible — identify best practices for military family voters and state boards of elections.
MOAA will publish a report containing the analysis and any suggested actions early this summer. MMFI representatives also attend National Association of Secretaries of State meetings. The report will better inform state leaders as they administer their state absentee voting systems.
“This educational report will complement MOAA’s vital advocacy work on behalf of military families and reinforce an important theme: ‘You, through your vote, are your most powerful advocate,’” says Col. Mike Turner, USAF (Ret), vice president of development at MOAA.
The study and report are made possible by a grant from the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure every American’s vote is counted. The Democracy Fund also helped MOAA launch its Absentee Voting Guide in 2016.
About MOAA: Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest military officers’ association with more than 350,000 members from every branch of uniformed service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit www.moaa.org or www.voicesfortroops.org/.
This article was released by MOAA.