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Vote from anywhere when you’re in the military

By Federal Voting Assistance Program | Federal Voting Assistance Program | June 7, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens and the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or FVAP, works to ensure members of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marines, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States understand their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.

The Joint Base San Antonio FVAP is located within the Military & Family Readiness Centers at all three JBSA locations and provides accurate, nonpartisan voting information and assistance to ensure voters understand their voting rights. 

In 2016, a survey from state election officials found the best way to guarantee protections for all active duty military is through the use of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA, SF-76) versus state registration forms as each state may treat their respective voters differently.

The FVAP continues to reinforce use of the FPCA for applying or registering to vote, requesting absentee ballots, and updating contact information. The FPCA is the primary communication between you and your election official and is your avenue to make your voice heard. 

During the 2018 Armed Forces Voters Week, which runs June 27-July 5, the JBSA Military & Family Readiness Centers will host voter information tables at various locations to provide patrons with the Federal Post Card Applications, Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots (SF-186), along with other resource materials.

The JBSA voting assistance officers provide service members, their families, retirees and other U.S. civilian Department of Defense employees with help in registering to vote and answering other voting-related questions:

At the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center, call 210-221-8683 or send an email to usaf.jbsa.502-abw.mbx.502-fss-votingassistance@mail.mil. At the JBSA-Lackland Military & Family Readiness Center, call 210-671-3722 or email lackland.vote@us.af.mil. At the JBSA-Randolph Military & Family Readiness Center, call 210-652-5321 or email randolph.vote@us.af.mil        .

 

Regardless of the method you choose to register, it’s important to follow-up with your election officials to ensure your registration was received.

Voters have the option of visiting FVAP.gov to obtain online assistance with completing the various voting forms and will be provided guidance on submitting the forms to their local election office.

FVAP can also be reached by phone at 1-800-438-VOTE or by email at vote@fvap.gov.