FVAP releases 2018 Post-Election Report to Congress

Highlights from the 2018 Post-Election Report to Congress include:

  • In 2018, 61 percent of military members were registered to vote, which is 12 percentage points lower than the civilian population with similar demographics.
  • The voter participation rate for military members in 2018 was 26 percent, compared to a participation rate of 52 percent among civilians with similar demographics.
  • Election offices sent 655,409 absentee ballots to military and overseas voters in 2018 and received 344,392 back, for a return rate of 53 percent. The rejection rate was 6 percent.
  • Active-duty military members who received assistance from a DoD resource (FVAP, Unit Voting Assistance Officers, Installation Voter Assistance Offices) were significantly more likely to submit a ballot than if they did not receive DoD assistance, a consistent finding across the last four General Elections.
  • Four out of five (82%) military voters who reported casting an absentee ballot were aware of FVAP.
  • Between 2014 and 2018, awareness of FVAP among all military members rose from 38 percent to 47 percent.
  • FVAP.gov web metrics indicate that its popularity increased significantly compared to the 2014 midterm election with a 136 percent increase in site sessions in 2018.
  • FVAP trained nearly 3,000 Voting Assistance Officers in 2018 and developed the Effective Voting Assistance Model (EVAM) to share proven methodologies and identify the ideal characteristics of military voting assistance programs.
  • In 2018, the vast majority of state election officials who used FVAP products and services were happy with them (80% to 100% reported satisfaction with individual products and services).
  • Some states do not ensure special protections for military and overseas voters unless they register and request a ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

For more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or help with absentee voting, go to www.fvap.gov, call 703-588-1584; toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584; or email vote@fvap.gov.