The Army Voting Assistance Program


July 21, 2014 - The Primary season is just around the corner and Americans will soon be going to the polls. With the constant demands faced by our Soldiers, families and civilian workforce, the Army wants to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The voting process is a key element in our nation's governmental process and the Army Voting Assistance Program provides our voters the resources necessary to exercise that right.

The U.S. Army Voting Assistance Program informs and educates Soldiers and their eligible dependents on their right to vote. The goal is to encourage the Army community to participate in the nation's voting process and know their vote will be counted no matter where they are stationed. Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) at installation and unit levels provide assistance, information and guidance to our communities including material on the voting process, requesting absentee ballots and mailing the completed ballots. All that being said, it is still the responsibility of the individual voter to register, request an absentee ballot and cast their vote.

Schedules for the various state primaries can be found in the Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP.GOV which provides information on absentee voting regulations, laws, deadlines and procedures across all 55 States and U.S. territories. It is the primary source of information regarding procedures for registering to vote, requesting a ballot and voting in a specific State or territory of legal residence.

In addition, the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) has fielded a special ballot return label, which allows voters to track their completed ballot from their overseas location, all the way to their local election official. As part of this program, MPSA and the U.S. Postal Service also provide free express mail service for returning ballots during the period Sept. 1 through Nov. 2, 2014. This provides the fastest service possible, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their vote counted.