As the memory of past elections
fades from our national consciousness, it’s time to re-spark the fire
of election fever and once again begin the
challenging task of electing our country’s leaders.
With the Illinois state primary election
in our wake and the balance of the state primaries ahead, the time has come to
register or re-register to vote and request an absentee ballot for Sailors,
family members and civilians on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka
According to CFAY Assistant Voting
Assistance Officer Aviation
Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class (AW) Adrian Lawrence, fulfilling your
civic duties is simpler than ever with
Standard Form (SF) 76-A, otherwise known as the Registration and Absentee Ballot
Request - Federal Post Card Application.
"You can register to vote and request an
absentee ballot by filling out an
SF-76 and sending it to your local election official," said Lawrence. "When you
change duty stations, you will also use an SF-76 to update the address you want
your absentee ballot sent to."
SF-76 is easily obtained by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program
Web site www.fvap.gov and clicking on the link for uniformed military service
members and their families. Simple directions will guide you to a page tailored
specifically to the requirements of your state of legal residence where, if you
are over the age of 18 and a U.S. citizen, you will be able to register to vote.
Once you have filled out the required
information on SF-76, click on the link to
find the address of your local election
official and mail in your request. In some
states, you may have the option of sending in the request via fax.
For non-military civilians who are living overseas, the same
Web site will guide you through the process; simply follow the initial link for
citizens living outside the United States. Instead of registering by your legal
address, you register based on the address of your last legal American
Due to the differences in rules and schedules of each state,
the Web site also lists state election schedules and provides key information on
important rules, such as when a ballot must be received by election officials in
order for your vote to be counted.
For shipboard Sailors who are underway and those on board
CFAY, all forms and ballots should be mailed as early as possible in
anticipation of extended transit time for all mail sent from overseas.
However, although you are overseas, as an absentee voter, you
will be afforded all the same rights as those who currently reside at your home
"Being stationed overseas, many Sailors feel out of the loop
when it comes to government issues," said Lawrence. "Absentee voting gives them
the opportunity to voice their opinion and help decide who runs the government."
For more information about registering or re-registering to vote, requesting
an absentee ballot or how to obtain election information, contact Lawrence at
243-5770 or e-mail to email@example.com, visit your command Voting
Assistance Officer or go online to www.fvap.gov.
Primary Election Calendar
Guam, Sept. 4
Idaho, May 25
Iowa, June 8
Maine, June 8
Massachusetts, Sept. 14
Montana, June 8
Nebraska, May 11
Nevada, June 8
New Hampshire, Sept. 14
New Jersey, June 8
New Mexico, June 1
New York, Sept. 14
North Carolina, May 4
North Dakota, June 8
Ohio, May 4
Oklahoma, July 27
Oregon, May 18
Pennsylvania, May 18
Rhode Island, Sept. 14
South Carolina, June 8
South Dakota, June 8
Tennessee, Aug. 5
Texas, March 2
Utah, June 22
Vermont, Sept. 14
Virgin Islands, Sept. 11
Virginia, June 8
Washington, Aug. 17
Washington D.C., Sept. 14
West Virginia, May 11
Wisconsin, Sept. 14
The Primary Election Calendar is provided
by the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site www.fvap.gov.
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