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March 29, 2012

Exercise Your Right to Vote!


Voting is a constitutional right that American citizens eighteen years and older can freely exercise. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) covers all active-duty members of the Uniformed Services and their families, members of the merchant marine and their families, and US citizens who reside overseas, and assists them in exercising their right to vote.

If you are on active duty stationed in the United States, you can vote in the state in which you reside or choose to vote absentee in your home of record state. It’s your choice where your vote.

Elections are managed individually by all 55 states and territories but the basic steps to vote are simple:

  1. Register to vote at www.fvap.gov  and this site will walk you through the process of choosing the appropriate state and completing the appropriate registration paperwork.
  2. If voting absentee, the state-level election official approves/disapproves the Federal Postcard Application or requests additional information.  If the application is approved, the election official sends you an absentee ballot in the mail and often an email reminder.
  3. If voting absentee, you vote on the ballot and return it to your state-level election official via mail by the state’s deadline.

Remember:  The FVAP.gov Web Portal is Your 2012 Election Resource




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