Every vote matters. However, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is bringing special attention to the importance of the military vote by joining the Heroes Vote Initiative to promote National Voter Readiness Day. Although this day was observed on Sept. 15, 2012, it is not too late for military members and their families to register to vote in the November elections.
The deadline to register online for voting in the November election is Oct. 6, 2012. According to the Secretary of State's website, military members and U.S. citizens living overseas can obtain an absentee ballot by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (also known as an FPCA). Information on absentee ballots for military members can be found here: http://www.fvap.gov
The Election Center on the Secretary of State's website also provides information concerning military voting at www.nvsos.gov.
Sometimes voting can be complicated for military men and women because they often do not reside in the state where they are registered to vote. Deployment, frequent relocations, and other factors could discourage military members and their families from participating in elections, but there is information and assistance available for them to ensure that their voices are heard on Election Day.
For me, it's hard enough staying organized under normal circumstances. I'm glad there are resources available to help make sure our military men and women are able to vote.
What do you think? Have you ever voted absentee? Would you be more or less likely to vote if you couldn't do so in-person?
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