The Department of Defense announced today the release of the 17th report for the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) for 2000-2005 with a focus on the November 2004 election.
Interest in the election was very high among all groups, according to the report. The high rate of voter participation in all groups can be attributed to an effective voter information and education program with command support and agency emphasis by each of the services and the Department of State.
The total voting participation rate among uniformed service members was 79 percent in 2004 compared to 64 percent of the general public. Participation includes 53 percent voting absentee, 20 percent voting in person and six percent attempting to vote. The 79 percent overall participation rate is an increase of 10 percentage points from 2000.
The total voting participation rate among federal civilian employees overseas was 80 percent in 2004, which includes 72 percent voting absentee, five percent voting in person and three percent attempting to vote. The 80 percent overall participation rate is an increase of 15 percentage points from 2000.
The total voting participation rate among non-federally employed overseas U.S. citizens was 58 percent in 2004. Participation includes 49 percent voting absentee, four percent voting in person and five percent attempting to vote. The 58 percent overall participation rate is an increase of 21 percentage points from 2000.
The 2004 post election results for uniformed service members and U.S. civilians overseas reflect DoDs dedicated effort to improve the absentee voting process, according to the report.
Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the President designated the secretary of defense to administer federal voting assistance responsibilities. The FVAP director carries out the federal functions for the presidential designee.
The executive summary for the 17th report can be found at: http://www.fvap.gov/services/survey.html .