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Overseas Citizens Can Vote – No Matter Where They Are: Military & Their Families

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Armed Forces Voters Week is happening now – June 27-July 5. As communities of friends, supporters or employers of Service members, spread the word about the resources available to make it easy for overseas U.S. citizens and Service members to register and vote. Help make sure their vote is counted!

Members of our Armed Forces protect our freedoms and liberties. One of those cherished freedoms is the right to vote – and Service members and their families can exercise that right from wherever they are stationed around the world.

Fors Marsh Group has worked with the agencies dealing with military recruiting and retention since its founding, and we’ve studied voting processes and patterns of voting – especially voting by military personnel – for years. We understand the challenges you face in voting. Our research shows that military personnel participate in elections at a higher rate than their similarly situated civilian counterparts, a fact that should be a point of pride for all military personnel.

Federal Voting Assistance Program |FVAP

So now that you know you can vote from anywhere – here’s how the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) can assist:

You can easily register to vote using FVAP’s website and online assistants. Follow those easy steps, from right where you are.

  • Register to vote and request your ballot with one form: the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Go to www.FVAP.gov and look for the "Voters Start Here" box to select your State of residence. For answers to common questions about identifying your correct voting residence, refer to this FVAP fact sheet.
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program |FVAP
  • You can use FVAP’s online assistants to help fill out your FPCA or print the form and fill it out by hand. Then send it to your local election official – the address for your election official will be at www.FVAP.gov. Your State may also allow you to send in the FPCA by email or fax.

Once you are registered to vote, you will receive a ballot for the election automatically. And as soon as you receive your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately. As you know, mail can be slow traveling across the globe so give your ballot plenty of time to arrive.

In 2012, 95 percent of all of the ballots returned by military personnel were counted by local election officials. The five percent that weren’t counted typically were returned after the voting deadline, so don’t delay registering or voting!


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