Officials spread the word on how to vote from overseas
Voting assistance officers are using Independence Day celebrations to encourage U.S. military personnel stationed overseas to register to vote.
“Registering and requesting a ballot is a great way for servicemembers and overseas citizens to celebrate July 4th,” Federal Voting Assistance Program Director Matt Boehmer said in a statement.
The program is promoting Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens Voters Week over the long weekend with support from the Defense and State departments. U.S. military installations, embassies, consulates and overseas citizens groups are offering voter registration opportunities as part of holiday celebrations.
Joseph Dyson, a voting assistance officer at Yokota Air Base in Japan, said Friday he had helped 200 people register to vote over the past few months and expects to be even busier as November’s presidential election nears.
“In previous elections there were issues with military votes being counted,” he said. “Now there are more safeguards in place.”
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