Each Federal election year, the Federal Voting Assistance Program works with the Armed Services and overseas citizens groups to promote voter awareness and absentee voting by conducting Voting Emphasis Weeks. The goal is to get as many of our Yokota Airmen and their dependents registered to vote as possible.
27 June through 1 July is Overseas Citizens Voters Week and you will see several things happening around the base. A booth at the commissary will be manned to promote registration and answer questions beginning 27 June. You will also see voting posters, informative emails, squadron visits, a brief mention at the Club Social Hours, and members walking around Celebrate America to promote this cause.
Additionally, each squadron has a Unit Voting Assistance Officer, or UVAO. These UVAOs have been trained to help assist members register to vote in their state and also assist members complete ballots if they are having issues registering. Your UVAO will periodically send out emails reminding members of upcoming elections and that the UVAOs are there to assist.
The next Federal Voting Assistance Program week will be Absentee Voting Week from 26 Sep 16 to 03 Oct 16. If you were not aware, the Presidential election will take place in November. Please ensure that you and your eligible family members register to vote and complete all the necessary requirements so that your vote counts.
The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA, as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires States to transmit requested absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters no later than 45 days before a federal election. Those citizens protected by UOCAVA include:
·Members of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps)
·Members of the Merchant Marines
·Eligible family members of the above
·U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.
FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice and election officials from 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
For the Federal Voting Assistance Program website visit http://www.fvap.gov/
For the Air Force website visit http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/airforcevoting/