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Three Changes to the Landscape of U.S. Military and Overseas Voting—2012 versus 2016

elections / voting / blog / military / featured
Imagine you are a young sailor in the U.S. Navy, and you’re deployed out on a ship for several months. Others on your ship have been talking about an important presidential election that’s coming up, but you’re worried that you won’t be able to vote because you won’t be home before Election Day. How are you going to cast a vote from the middle of the ocean? And are there resources available to help make sure your vote is counted? The Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act, or UOCAVA, provides special absentee voting requirements for these and other covered individuals to ensure that their right to vote remains intact, no matter how far away they are located from their voting jurisdiction during an election.... more
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These Findings About Voter Confidence Among Traditional Voters Can also Apply to UOCAVA Voters

news / military / featured / elections / voting
In the Washington Post’s 'Monkey Cage' blog, I coauthored a post on how effective election administration can improve voter confidence. This post was backed up by a wealth of research my academic colleagues and I have conducted on voter confidence and election administration over the years. Bottom line: from our many years of past research, we’ve found that most voters already are confident that their ballots are counted accurately – but "…that confidence can be improved or harmed by how state and local election officials manage elections". Election ballot Although our work has focused on traditional voting in polling places, the lessons learned from this research can be applied to the voting process for the overseas... more
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The Role of Women in the U.S. Military throughout History

military / military research / generational research / in the news / featured
With the nomination of the first female major-party presidential candidate in the United States, we are reminded about the tremendous progress that has been made in women’s rights and opportunities in our country. The U.S. Military is no exception. Women have played a valuable role in the U. S. Military since its inception. During the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War, women supported military efforts by serving primarily as nurses, seamstresses, or cooks. Some fought alongside the troops while disguised as men while others served as spies. During the two world wars, women served in positions in military intelligence, maintenance and supply, administrative support, and cryptography. In 1942 the Women Army Corps was officially created, opening more than 400 jobs to women. Women in... more
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April: Month of the Military Child

current events / featured / psychology / military
At Fors Marsh Group, we’ve long supported and conducted research with military service members throughout the military career lifecycle – from new recruits, to current active duty and reserve component service members, to service members transitioning back to civilian life. At each stage of their journey, there is one constant that remains, and that is family. This April marks the 30th anniversary of the Month of the Military Child, which seeks to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the youngest members of our nation’s military community. There are nearly 2 million U.S. military children, including over 1.1 million children of Active Duty service members and 700,000 children of Reserve Component service members. Approximately 37% of military children are age 5 and under, 31% are... more
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