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1 Page 1 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Democracy Begins at Home and Abroad: Voter Registration Tools for U.S. Students Studying Abroad Overseas Vote Foundation Marina Mecl - Director, Voter Outreach ADP Panel Presentation: Democracy Begins at Home and Abroad

2 Page 2 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Can I vote while Im abroad?

3 Page 3 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation At 11:20 PM 2/18/2007, you wrote: i am a us citizen and have recently moved overseas and am no longer an official resident of any state. am i still eligible to vote? - gaby

4 Page 4 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation ,983 Americans students studied abroad in % chose affordable summer programs 38% studied abroad for one semester 6% studied abroad a full academic year

5 Page 5 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation 2008 If numbers increase at the same rate per year, more than 100,000 students may well be studying abroad on an official program for a semester or a year in 2008.

6 Page 6 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Key Question Why do voters often find it confusing or difficult to register to vote and request an absentee ballot from abroad?

7 Page 7 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Registration form issues The overseas voter registration form (FPCA) - same for all states and territories Information requirements vary from state to state Some states offer alternative methods of registering to vote from overseas

8 Page 8 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Form facts Awareness of the form and how to obtain it is limited Consulates and Embassies have limited hours and accessibility The same form functions as a change of address form

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13 Page 13 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Outreach in 2006

14 Page 14 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Volunteers

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16 Page 16 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Press and Publicity

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20 Page 20 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation University Study Abroad Programs

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23 Page 23 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Featured Site: San Mateo County, California HOME page org/default.asp org/default.asp The Blazer Abroad Blog Entry Sep 1, 2006

24 Page 24 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation

25 Page 25 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Consulates and Embassies

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27 Page 27 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Featured Site: US Department of State /fsi/tc/1875.htm /fsi/tc/1875.htm

28 Page 28 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Preparing for 2008

29 Page 29 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Strategies Sustain and expand our presence in the English media abroad – paper and online Contact study abroad departments at universities and colleges Contact foreign universities Offer OVF Internships

30 Page 30 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Tactics Implement Google AdWords online advertising to target college and university study abroad students Double our volunteer team Contact campus newspapers and magazines at home and abroad Create an Overseas Student Voter group in Facebook

31 Page 31 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Additional tactics Print card kits Design and launch a post election survey specifically designed for students Increase publicity in foreign print newspapers

32 Page 32 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Collaboration Continue to collaborate with groups in the U.S. who are dedicated to stimulating and increasing student civic and electoral participation AmericanDemocracy Project Rock the Vote Project Vote Smart League of Women Voters National Campus Voter Registration Project

33 Page 33 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Please inform students studying abroad about voting in 2008

34 Page 34 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation How you can help Contact your university study abroad office reminding them to inform students about voting before they leave Link to in handbooks, websites and newsletters Ask your schools study abroad department to contact their offices overseas Contact OVF for outreach card kits and bulletin board notices

35 Page 35 ADP Panel Presentation June 2007 ADP 2007 – OVF Presentation Thank you OVF thanks the American Democracy Project for its ongoing support and the opportunity to share overseas voter information with ADP conference participants


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