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Ray Martinez Joins SVF Executive Board

For Immediate Release

Ray Martinez, Former Vice Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Joins Overseas Vote Foundation Executive Board

August 21, 2006, Washington, D.C. Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF), http://www.overseasvotefoundation.org, today announced that Ray Martinez will join the OVF organization as a member of the Executive Board, effective immediately. August 19, 2006 was Mr. Martinez’ last day as Vice Chairman and Commissioner at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a bipartisan, independent federal agency, responsible for assisting state and local governments improve their federal election administration processes. Mr. Martinez’ capability in the area of election administration has served the cause of enfranchisement and reform throughout his public career.

Among several planned post-EAC activities, Mr. Martinez will launch the Martinez Consulting Group, a Texas-based firm specializing in government relations, public affairs and policy implementation for both public and private sector clients, including consulting for state and local governments on implementation of HAVA and NVRA.

Mr. Martinez intends to maintain a national voice and presence in the arena of election reform. Mr. Martinez states that, “Overseas Vote Foundation is on the cutting edge of UOCAVA innovation and their mission is one that I support. The organization’s proven nonpartisanship in the area of UOCAVA voter registration is in the best interest of the American public.”

“We are truly honored to have Mr. Martinez join our board. With close elections occurring around the country, UOCAVA enfranchisement issues continue to gain attention. Mr. Martinez’ experience in election reform will allow him to lead our technical initiatives for active-duty military and overseas citizen voter enfranchisement,” stated James Brenner, Chair of Overseas Vote Foundation.

Direct Links to Overseas Vote Foundation’s Suite of Nonpartisan Voter Services:

RAVA Voter Registration: www.ovf-rava.org – online, secure, nonpartisan

Voter Help Desk: www.ovf-vhd.org – fast, friendly answers to voter questions

Election Official Directory: www.ovf-eod.org –online lookup service

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Definitions

HAVA – Help America Vote Act
NVRA – National Voter Registration Act
UOCAVA – Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

Further Information
Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) was founded in 2005 to assist uniformed and overseas American citizens in registering to vote in federal elections, starting with the November 7th 2006 General Election. The corporation is registered in Delaware. OVF is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) public charity organization dedicated solely to serving the voter registration needs of UOCAVA voters. As a public charity, OVF relies on donations to maintain its operations.


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