It’s your right, register, take time to vote

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It’s your right, register, take time to vote

by: Chief Legalman Kimberlee | .
Joint Region Marianas | .
published: September 12, 2012

 Sometimes when you live in Guam, it feels like it’s always summer. It’s almost always sunny and warm, you can wear flip-flops and shorts 365 days a year, and the beach is a great place to spend Christmas Day. But even here, in the land of endless summer, you can see the unmistakable signs of fall approaching. School has started. Labor Day has passed. Halloween candy is for sale at the commissary and sooner than you think, Election Day will arrive.  For those U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or older, Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the date of the general election.

Hopefully you’ve already requested an absentee ballot for your state of residence. If not, go to www.fvap.gov and get started. There’s an easy wizard that you can use to request an absentee ballot from your state. Not sure if you meet the residency requirements for a particular place?  The website has links to the residency requirements for each state, as well as other useful information for absentee voters, including the last day to register and request an absentee ballot.

Let’s say you’ve registered to vote and it’s 30 days before the election, but you haven’t received your absentee ballot. Not a problem. You can go back to the www.fvap.gov website and request the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Each state varies in their acceptance of the FWAB, but all states will allow you to use it for national offices (president, vice president, U.S. congressional seats). However, it’s important to remember that you cannot use the FWAB unless you have already registered to vote. Registering is the important first step in the process.

If you have any questions, please contact your unit’s Voting Assistance Officer for more information or go to Facebook and check out the Navy Voting page. Voting is an important right and responsibility that we all have as American citizens. Please make sure you take the time, register and have your vote counted.

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