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FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The 2022 Midterm General Election will determine the federal elected officials in 33 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. House of Representative seats, 36 state and three territory governor positions, and numerous state and local offices.

Absentee voting is a popular method used in voter election participation by military members and their eligible family members who are covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Each year, the Army observes Armed Forces Voters Week, June 28-July 4, to remind UOCAVA voters to register to vote, update registration information, and apply for an absentee ballot with plenty of time to meet state and territory deadline dates prior to the Nov. 8 General Election.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program is a resource available to military members, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens living abroad. The program operates to ensure U.S. citizens are aware of their right to vote, and that they have the tools and resources to do so successfully. FVAP works with state governments, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and other entities to accomplish this as easily as possible for the voter.

The Federal Post Card Application, Standard Form 76, is a dual form that streamlines the voter registration and absentee ballot requesting process. The two-in-one form can be filled out, per state-specific guidelines, either hardcopy or by utilizing the fvap.gov electronic online assistant.

Filling out the FPCA is strait forward.

1.      Fill out the FPCA per state guidelines found in the 2022 Voting Assistance Guide at fvap.gov.

2.      Review the FPCA for changes or edits.

3.      Print the FPCA.

4.      Sign/Date the FPCA.

5.      Send the FPCA to voter’s election officials.

The online assistant is user friendly and will have a voter’s state specific requirements already populated as it walks them through an FPCA electronic fillable pdf. Voters will need a printer to complete the electronic process. No personal information will be archived with FVAP at any point. Please note, some states permit FPCAs to be emailed or faxed. Others, like Alabama, require the document to be mailed through the postal system. Follow instructions per your state or territory.

Upon conclusion, the online assistant will provide a downloadable pdf package that identifies any missing information on the FPCA and generates the unsigned FPCA ready for printing. The package includes additional relevant documents, contact information for local election officials, and important federal election dates and deadlines. The state instructions furnish information on how and where to send the signed FPCA.

Did not receive your ballot? UOCAVA also allows eligible citizens to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, Standard Form 186. It is essentially, a back-up ballot for federal offices. This ballot may be cast by UOCAVA voters who have registered and requested an absentee ballot in a timely manner, but have not yet received their state or territory official ballot. A similar process to the FPCA can be followed using the online tool to fill out the FWAB.

Refer to fvap.gov for additional information on voting residence (within your state of legal residence), military spouses, transitioning or separating, election notifications and much more. Voting questions can also be directed to installation voting assistance offices across services, manned by installation voting assistance officers available to help. At unit levels, voters can seek aid from their unit voting assistance officers. Finally, voters can connect with additional sources for information, such as judge advocate general offices, or state or territory election officials.

Contact the USAACE and Fort Rucker Installation Voting Assistance Office at 334-255-1839, which is located in Bldg. 5700, Rm: 220. The office is open Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.