American Voting Emphasis Week

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — On July 4, millions of overseas citizens, Service members and their families will celebrate U.S. Independence Day — all over the world. Among the many freedoms citizens enjoy is the right to vote from wherever they are.

During this election year, Americans living away from their voting residence can easily make absentee voting part of their Fourth of July festivities — with resources from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) agency that works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so — from anywhere in the world. Learn more at FVAP.gov.

“Registering and requesting a ballot is a great way for Service members and overseas citizens to celebrate July 4th,” FVAP Director Matt Boehmer said. “The holiday is a perfect reminder that Americans anywhere have the freedom to vote, and FVAP.gov has everything they need to do so.”

From June 27 to July 5, FVAP will observe the holiday by holding Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Citizens Voters Week with support from the Military Services and State Department. During the week, U.S. military installations, embassies, consulates and overseas citizens groups offer voter registration opportunities as part of holiday celebrations. FVAP recommends voters register to vote and request an absentee ballot by Aug. 1 to ensure they can participate in the General Election on Nov. 8.

The voting rights of the millions of U.S. citizens living overseas, as well as Service members and their eligible family, are protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). About 75 percent of the 1.3 million Service members are eligible to vote absentee through the UOCAVA process since they are stationed away from their voting residence and polling place.

The first step for overseas citizens and Service members to vote absentee is filling out and sending in a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) — the registration and ballot request form accepted by all states and territories. The sooner voters register and request their ballot, the greater the likelihood they can successfully vote. That’s because ballots must be sent back before individual state deadlines, which vary.”

Americans living in Israel have the opportunity to celebrate July 4th in Israel!!   AACI will be holding Independence Day celebrations around the country.  Great way to meet and greet, plus obtain American voting information.

AACI Jerusalem, Thursday, June 30, 15:00-19:00 Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.  Become a member of AACI June 26 – June 30 and get free tickets to the celebration.

AACI Netanya,   Monday, July 4th at noon. “Born on the 4th of July”   American style barbeque, and entertainment by Harvey Bordowitz.   Pre-booking is essential 09 833 0950    

AACI South, Thursday, July 7, 5-9p.m.   Big Park in Hei, Beer Sheva

AACI Tel Aviv, Thursday, July 7, 18:30 p.m.   Bograshov Beach.  Registration AACI:  03 – 696 0389 or aacicentralregion@gmail.com

“If you are a US citizen, you have a say in choosing the country’s elected officials. It is your right, US foreign policy, particularly with respect to the Middle East, has a significant impact on Israel and American citizens who live there. I encourage all Americans, including expats, to exercise their right to make their voices heard.” US Congressman Joe Heck

Voting questions?  You can reach Andee Goldman at votingfromabroad@gmail.com

About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, she has volunteered with Overseas Vote; which offers online voting information for your state, candidate information, contact information for your local election office, absentee ballot request form with information on how to return, and much more. Andee is available to answer your voting questions at votingfromabroad@gmail.com
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