Armed Forces Voters Week & Overseas Citizens Voters Week (30 June-7 July 2014)

Since the 4th of July is tomorrow, I thought it would be a good reminder to register to vote.  It is especially important for those families overseas, whether due to military orders or not.  Even those families stateside should double check that we are registered to vote. 

I’m kind of glad I did because even though I had registered with the DMV here…my prior state said I was registered there due to lost mail form (or forgot to mail form..whoops..).  So I had to re-send everything to re-register…never received my voter card either (our state sends a voter card with district information on it,etc).

Since we are near election time, knowing where to get information in order to register to vote is important.

If you have changed your address recently:

You need to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FCPA) at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

 You can find a new FCPA here:

·   A digital PDF can be found online at FVAP.gov, and there is an automated tool to walk you through completing it.

·   Hardcopies of the form are available at all military installations and U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

Disclaimer:
I am a voluntary member of FVAP’s Blogger Network and am not compensated for my posts.  The thoughts presented here are my own and do not reflect the opinions of FVAP or any of its representatives.

       FVAP, a nonpartisan Department of Defense component, works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote, and have the tools and resources to successfully do so –  from anywhere in the world.

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) Blogger Network asking if I was interested in posting about absentee voting in the military.

  FVAP, a non-partisan Department of Defense component, helps military and overseas citizens register to vote and request absentee ballots from anywhere in the world.

I have never dealt with absentee voting as an Army wife but I did when I was living on the East Coast…we were always assigned in my home state or close by but I have seen how frustrated at times it would be for M to send his ballot in.  So I decided to join this network to try to bring some help to others who at times dealt with the frustrations of absentee voting.

Voting is important to me because it enables me to vote on things that are important to my community, region and at times our nation.

My only absentee voting experience was flawless…except trying to send it back in time to my home state was very confusing.  I was a first time voter at the time so I had never voted before and wasn’t sure how to fill everything on the ballot. 😕

Absentee voting affects military members and their families in that they should be given a chance to vote on things that are important to them wherever they are in the world, whether they are deployed or OCONUS.  At times, it is hard to request absentee voting if the military member is on blackout while deployed or other issues arise so knowing there is a program that is available to them is a plus in maneuvering the setbacks.

 

 

 

“I am a voluntary member of FVAP’s Blogger Network and am not compensated for my posts.  The thoughts presented here are my own and do not reflect the opinions of FVAP or any of its representatives.”

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