Monday, October 20, 2014

Oregon military voters stationed overseas encouraged to submit absentee ballots early

If you are a registered Oregon voter who is stationed overseas, here is some information on voting in the general election.

There are several laws which apply to voters, and specific guidelines for absentee voting. In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:

• A citizen of the United States on the date of the election in which you wish to vote.
• At least 18 years old on Election Day. (Some states allow 17-year olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 on or before the general election).

The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:

• An active duty member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine or Activated National Guard.
• A family member (spouse or dependent).
• A U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

You must request your absentee ballot before Oct. 30, 2014, and your finished ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. PST, on Nov. 4, 2014.  Keep in mind this is not a mailing deadline! You must mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times.

For Oregon-specific questions on voting and the process to request your absentee ballot, visit http://www.fvap.gov/oregon.  Here, you can also find links to review Oregon’s absentee voting guidelines, review the state’s election website, and find local election officials. You can also check the status of your submitted ballot.

If you are from another state, visit http://www.fvap.gov/military-voter, and click on your home state.  Keep in mind, each state has specific local and regional laws governing absentee voting and deadlines for submitting ballots.


For more information on military members registering to vote, returning ballots, or other questions about voting, visit http://www.fvap.gov/military-voter/overview.