THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The FVAP, Federal Voting Assistance Program, is advising overseas Americans and members of the military to fill out and return absentee ballots now, in order to ensure they reach US election officials ahead of voting deadlines.
The advice, issued October 1, explains that "It is essential for overseas civilian and military voters to return their voted absentee ballots as soon as they are received to ensure timely receipt at the election office. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) encourages military members, their families and overseas citizens to take recommended steps to return their ballots by their state's deadline."
Underlining the importance of the advice, David Beirne, the Director of FVAP, said that "The UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) voting process was designed to reduce obstacles for military and overseas voters ... We know the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional concerns for overseas voters about receiving and returning their voted ballots on time, and there are several ways to do both as quickly as possible. FVAP.gov has all the information."
The FVAP are also noting that there is still time to register for an absentee ballot if you have yet to do so, although deadlines for registration differ between states, so do check the FVAP's state by state guide to find out if you can register, and how to do so. Act quickly if you want to register.
For more advice and information on the voting process, go to www.fvap.gov