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WWW.Huh?: Absentee Voting Deadlines Sooner Than You Think

By Staff Sgt. Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2000 – Election Day, is less than five months away. That may seem like a long time, but voting officials recommend absentee voters request ballots 45 days in advance, even further in advance if they haven’'t yet registered to vote in their home district. Hmm … that window of opportunity is starting to narrow.

Officials with the Federal Voting Assistance Program have put a tremendous amount of information about absentee voting on the Internet at www.fvap.gov. Some specific links military voters may find helpful are below.

How To Do It -- Vote Absentee!


This page consists of an electronic version of the useful pamphlet "How To Do It -- Vote Absentee." The pamphlet answers such questions as: Can I vote absentee? How do I apply for an absentee ballot? When is the best time to apply? The pamphlet is also available through unit and installation voting assistance offices.

Online version of the Federal Post Card Application


This recent addition to the site was added to make voting easier for those without immediate access to a voting assistance office. The only down side to using this version is individuals must pay their own postage. The printed, card-stock version can be sent postage-free.

Toll-free voting assistance numbers in foreign countries


This page includes toll-free phone numbers to the Federal Voting Assistance Program from nearly 60 different countries. DoD voters can also transfer to the DoD Voting Information Center, which, in turn, can transfer individuals to the office of their elected officials in the U.S. Congress, and their state governors and chief election officials.

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