LEICESER, Mass. — Now through July 7 is the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens Voters Week, and Leicester Town Clerk Deborah K. Davis is encouraging all service members, their voting-age dependents and overseas civilians to register to vote and request an absentee ballot for this year’s elections.
“If you have a family member currently overseas, whether serving in the military, working or studying, you can encourage them to visit www.FVAP.gov to register and request their absentee ballot,” Davis said. “A family member can also request an absentee ballot be sent to a voter by filing an application with the town clerk’s office.”
At locations throughout the world, the program's activities include explanations of the process to register, how to obtain an absentee ballot from local election officials, registration drives on installations and at embassies, and local media engagement.
Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens Voters Week receives support from the Secretary of Defense. Voting Assistance Officers aim for 100 percent contact and availability of federal post card applications to all personnel and dependents.
Emphasis is placed on the importance of early action on the part of the voter to obtain a ballot for the general election well in advance of state deadlines.
For more information, go to www.FVAP.gov or contact the town clerk at 508-892-7011.