FORT SILL, Okla. (June 19, 2014) -- Armed Forces Voters Registration Week is June 30 through July 7.
Unit voting assistance officers (UVAOs) will be contacting all Soldiers and family members to ensure those eligible may register to vote.
The 2014 federal elections will have a major impact on the federal government. There are 36 U.S. Senate seats and all 435 U.S. House of Representatives voting seats up for election this year.
At the state level, 38 gubernatorial races will be decided as well as many state offices and ballot measures. Counties and cities will have their own offices and measures on the ballot as well.
Because of this, it is important for service members and their families to exercise their right to vote and let their voice be heard during this election cycle.
As a service or family member, to vote in your home district, you must be registered to vote there and request an absentee ballot. The Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (Standard Form 76) is used for both of these actions.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website, www.fvap.gov, contains an online assistant to fill out the FPCA.
To find the assistant, click on Voter Registration and Ballots under the Military Voter tab in the menu bar. Once there, select your state and you will be directed to that Web page with all the information you need on how to fill out the form and submit it. If you have questions concerning this form, contact your UVAO.
Your local election official will process your FPCA to determine if you meet the jurisdiction's residency requirements. If your application is denied, your local election official will contact you to let you know the reason why it was denied.
The FVAP website also contains a list of the state primary election dates.
UVAOs should be able to handle most voting questions. Should you need further guidance, call the Fort Sill Installation Voting Assistance office at 580-442-0148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.