U.S. Dept. of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program Releases Updated Federal Forms and Voting Assistance Guide
The Federal Voting Assistance Program just announced the release of their updated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), as well as the 2018-2019 Voting Assistance Guide. The Guide is available now on FVAP.gov and will be distributed to Voting Assistance Officers in December.
Through requirements in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), FVAP provides both federal forms – the FPCA and the FWAB – to Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens. The forms are accepted by all States and territories in elections for federal office. Both the FPCA and FWAB are updated every three years through “an iterative process of expert design input, information gathering and testing with election officials, voters, and other stakeholders,” in addition to public comment periods through the Federal Register.
Ready for distribution to Voting Assistance Officers worldwide in December 2017, and available now on FVAP.gov, the 2018-2019 Voting Assistance Guide, features specific absentee voting information for each State and territory, making it a critical resource for UOCAVA voters worldwide.” The guide provides information on registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot in one’s State or territory, the ballot return process, and all required information on each federal form.
CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative launched in 2013 through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad. The link to CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative can be found here: http://www.csg.org/ovi/default.aspx
FVAP 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. The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA requires that the 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia allow protected voters to register and vote absentee in general, special, primary and runoff elections for federal offices. States and territories may have supplementary laws and requirements, which are available at FVAP.gov.