[r52] Election ballots available for overseas military (1/13/2012)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Start Date: 1/13/2012
End Date: 1/13/2012

It has recently been brought to my attention that there are ongoing concerns regarding oversea military being able to vote in the upcoming elections. It is extremely important to me that all Hoosiers have their voices heard. I want to assure those in the active military that they will be able to register to vote, as well as receive absentee ballots for the Primary Elections in May and the General Election in November. 

Both registration and absentee ballot forms are available at www.FVAP.gov. Please be certain to read directions carefully and complete all areas of the form to ensure its validity. Under Indiana law, the deadline for a county voter registration office to receive a registration application from a military or overseas voter has been extended to 10 days before the election. April 30, 2012 is the deadline before the Primary Election.

To give some background on the registration deadline, in 2010 the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) became law. Under this federal law, military overseas could now use email to receive and return voter registration applications, absentee ballot applications and the absentee ballot itself. In addition to MOVE, Indiana passed its own law in 2010 to make it easier for military and overseas voters to cast a write-in vote for any candidate or public question on the ballot.

Those serving us overseas are fighting so we are able to freely exercise our right to vote. It is only appropriate to pass along this information about how they are able to exercise this right when they are serving their country and protecting its people. I hope this clarifies any concerns regarding overseas military and upcoming elections. For more information and forms, visit www.FVAP.gov.

Yarde GC - military voting.docx