Federal Voting Assistance Program
United States Uniformed Service Members and Overseas U.S. citizens,
We work with the Military Services and Overseas Citizens groups to conduct Voting Emphasis Weeks in an effort to inform absentee voters of their right to vote and help ensure they are aware of the steps they need to follow.
START THE PROCESS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH AN FEDERAL POST CARD APPLICATION (FPCA)
Most states require you to register to vote to start the absentee voting process. We encourage you to use the FPCA. The FPCA is a form you can use to register to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest that you send in a new FPCA every year and when you move.
It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world. The FPCA can be completed by using the FPCA online assistant https://www.fvap.gov/fpca-privacy-notice. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don't have to worry about finding stamps!
Step 1 - Register and request your absentee ballot with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
Step 2 - Fill out and send in you ballot when it arrives.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR REQUESTED STATE ABSENTEE BALLOT
If you requested your absentee ballot and haven't received it from your state at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. This backup ballot can be completed using our FWAB online assistant https://www.fvap.gov/fwab-privacy-notice, by filling out the PDF. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don't have to worry about finding stamps! Don't forget a security envelope. (Use a separate blank envelope and write "Security Envelope" on it and place your voted ballot in it. This keeps your vote private.)
Your Installation Voter Assistance Office is here to help you exercise the very right you protect—your right to vote! We can help you register to vote, request an absentee ballot and notify your local election officials back home of a change of address.
Voting Emphasis Weeks - Information tables will be set up at the Exchange during lunch 1100-1300 for the following dates:
Armed Forces Voters Week - June 27-July 5, 2018 Overseas Citizens Voters Week - June 27-July 5, 2018 Absentee Voting Week - October 1-8, 2018
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