A coalition of prominent veterans and defense officials is turning their focus from military voting to free and fair elections for all citizens.
Military Voting articles on Democracy Chronicles
The unique challenges of ensuring military voting rights will be covered in this section. Absentee ballots for overseas members of the military exist but the 50 states have different rules. A low voting rate for overseas military personnel is evidence of a problem. Also see our articles on Mail and Absentee Voting and Voter Access.
According to recent executive order signed by President Biden, Pentagon must better monitor absentee and military ballots from abroad.
Overseas military and family members now have a free express mail option for their absentee ballot ahead of the November elections.
In the Civil War era, it was the votes of U.S. troops that put Lincoln over the top and forever changed the way Americans at war vote in elections.
Vote-by-mail has been used before. The U.S. military did it during the Civil War with success. It continues to do so today. This is how we know it works.
Trump is not in support of the expansion of vote by mail. However, it is a voting method which the U.S. army has used for a long time.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an important infrastructure for absentee voting which can be useful for military spouses.
Although Incirlik Airmen may be away from their home state they still have the ability to register and/or submit an absentee ballot this 2020 voting season.
Now serving as the installation’s voting assistance officer, Capt. Diana L. Petty wants colleagues to support the nation by taking part in every election.
As Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s FVAP, I help lead the nation’s efforts to ensure that Americans around the world military members.