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Federal Legislation

Federal legislation has dramatically changed the election process in recent years. Motor Voter, or the National Voter Registration Act, mandated mail registration and expanded registration at driver's license facilities.


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The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) set down stringent requirements for voting systems and created the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a bipartisan commission that operates the federal government's voting system certification program and administers a national clearinghouse for election information.

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The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) significantly improves the voting rights for military/overseas voters. Provisions of this Act include ballots to be sent out 45 days before an election, transmission of blank ballots electronically and the acceptance of the Federal write-in absentee ballot for all federal elections.

Illinois Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE)
The MOVE site will enable you to set up a MOVE account to register to vote and request absentee ballots for upcoming Federal Elections. This site was designed to help ease the burden of members of the Uniformed Services (and their eligible dependents) and overseas voters in requesting a voter registration and an absentee ballot application. This site will give you the ability to keep in contact with your local election official and to track the status of your application and ballot.
NASS Summary of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act)

Further information on Military and Overseas Voting in Illinois can be found at www.elections.il.gov\VotingInformation\Military.aspx.

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Federal Legislation

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