Columbus – Ohio was recognized as an All-Star state today by the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project for taking significant efforts to promote and protect the voting rights of America’s military service members and their families.
“Ohio’s men and women in uniform endure great personal sacrifice in service to our nation, and one thing they should never have to worry about is exercising their right to vote,” Secretary Husted said. “We have worked with local elections officials to ensure military voting is simple and secure.”
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.
Ohio was one of 15 states recognized as an All-Star state by the Military Voter Protection Project. Other states include: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
One program that helped secure Ohio’s selection as an All-Star is the Military Ready-to-Vote initiative. Launched in August 2011, this program provides Ohio’s military personnel with important voting information and simplifies the voting process for soldiers. To date, nearly 900 Ohioans in 29 different states, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries have utilized this program.
“Ohio and Secretary Husted have exhibited the gold standard in the fight to promote and protect the voting rights of our men and women in uniform. They deserve to be commended for their efforts,” said Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project.
For more information about the Military Voter Protection Project’s Heroes Vote Initiative or to view details about the MVP Project All-Star states, please visit http://www.heroesvote.org/. For more information about the Ohio Secretary of State’s Military Ready-to-Vote program, please visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com.