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DOD announces Absentee Voting Week

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The U.S. Department of Defense announced Absentee Voting Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. 

The week urges citizens voting under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act who have not received their absentee ballot to go to http://www.FVAP.gov and fill it out as soon as possible.

Commanders and voting assistance officers plan to use this week to emphasize the importance of filling out and returning the absentee ballot. They will also educate eligible personnel on how to use the new online tools to fill out their absentee ballot, plus encourage the use of emailing and faxing as an alternative to sending the voted ballot to local election officials where allowed, according to the DOD.

The Federal Assistance Voting Program is responsible for making the absentee voting process easier and more efficient.  One of their new initiatives is to provide military members, their families and overseas voters electronic alternatives to requesting, receiving or returning their ballots. If someone has not received their state absentee ballot, it is not too late.

New online products are now completing absentees ballots much easier. 

In many cases voters can request their ballot, fill it out and mail or fax it back in 10 to 15 minutes, according to the Dept. of Defense.

To fill out your state ballot or the federal write-in absentee ballot online and send it, go to FVAP.gov.

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