COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A team of Missouri researchers will use a $740,000 federal grant to study online voting systems by overseas military troops and absentee voters who are out of the country during elections.

The Department of Defense grant will fund research into Internet-based and mobile phone voting applications. The collaboration includes the Missouri secretary of state, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren and the University of Missouri.

At a news conference Thursday announcing the grant, Noren said more than 350,000 ballots nationwide from overseas voters in the 2008 presidential election were rejected due to delivery, return, registration or counting errors.

The project will initially focus on speeding the delivery of overseas ballots. Noren emphasized that voters won’t cast ballots online, but researchers will study ways to surmount the security obstacles to online voting.

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