How Employers Can Help Overseas American Voters
In 2014, the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program, FVAP, found that only an estimated 4% of overseas American citizens were participating in voting. David Beirne, Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, says that employers of overseas Americans can help further the FVAP mission in ensuring their overseas employees are made aware of the benefits when utilizing FVAP’s resources to register and request an absentee ballot.
While FVAP found many overseas citizens have lived internationally for longer than twelve years and may know where to find the absentee voting information, voters that have recently moved overseas may not know the process or find out to late to successfully participate. FVAP offers an easy solution with their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a standardized absentee ballot application accepted across the United States for federal elections. Informing overseas citizens of FVAP’s resources can be done by the HR administrators or other associated staff pushing information to their personnel living and working overseas.
To read the full Overseas Citizen Population Analysis Report and learn more about these voters, visit https://www.fvap.gov/info/reports-surveys/overseas-citizen-population-analysis.