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Some States Permit Registration, Voting Via Fax

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 1996 – The electronic age will help some military voters receive their absentee ballots for the 1996 federal election.

By using a fax machine and Federal Post Card Application (Standard Form 76), service members can register to vote, apply for absentee ballots and receive blank absentee ballots.

According the Voting Assistance Guide 1996-97, a total of 36 states, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands permit service members to fax absentee ballot requests. Most of those states also allow voter registration by fax.

For those sending voting material via fax, all requests must go through the Federal Voting Assistance Program in Washington at DSN 223-5527, (703) 693-5527 or (800) 368-8683.

Program officials urge voters not to fax materials to state election boards. They say by faxing materials to Washington, officials can protect "the integrity of the voting process and to provide an audit trail if needed."

Although many states or territories accept voter registrations and ballot requests by fax, only 19 will send the blank ballot electronically. Of those, only Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota and the U.S. Virgin Islands will accept marked ballots via fax without question.

Indiana, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, South Carolina, Utah and Washington will accept completed ballots only in emergencies.

For more information about voter registration, ballot requests and voting via fax, contact the unit voting assistance officer or call the voter assistance hotline at (800) 438-8683

STATE/TERRITORY

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Column 2Accepts Completed

FPCA by FAX

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Yes2

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes3

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes4

No

Yes2

No

No

No

Yes2

Yes1

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes5

No

Yes

Yes

Yes5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes2

No

Column 3

Fax Blank

Absentee Ballot

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes5

No

Yes5

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes6

No

Yes4

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes5

No

No

No

Yes5

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Column 4

Will Received

Complete Absentee

Ballot By Fax

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes5

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes6

No

No

No

Yes2

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes5

No

No

No

Yes5

No

Yes

No

Yes6

No

No

No

N/A

1 - For absentee ballot requests only

2 - Requestor must also mail request/ballot

3 - For military personnel only

4 - For personnel living outside United States

5 - In emergency situations

6 - In some counties

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