Voting Emphasis Weeks

Each Federal election year (even numbered years), the FVAP works with the Armed Services and overseas citizens groups to promote voter registration and absentee voting by conducting Voting Emphasis Weeks.

Armed Forces Voters Week - June 30-July 7, 2014

Your Goal

Deliver Federal Post Card Application forms to all unit members and their voting age family members. Encourage everyone to fill out the form immediately.

What You Can Do

  • Put up posters to tell unit members how to get the right form.
  • Use the Voting Assistance Guide to help everyone fill out the form.
  • Conduct a nonpartisan voting workshop and registration drive.
  • Enlist the help of other VAOs and base organizations.
  • Use media outlets to encourage voter registration.
  • Hang banners at base entrances, and update base marquees.
  • Run PSAs.

Overseas Citizens Voters Week - June 30-July 7, 2014

Your Goal

Deliver Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Forms to all whom you assist. Encourage everyone to fill out the form immediately.

What You Can Do

  • Put up posters to tell voters how to get the right form.
  • Use the Voting Assistance Guide to help everyone fill out the form.
  • Conduct a nonpartisan voting workshop or registration drive.
  • Enlist the help of overseas citizen organizations.
  • Plan your events around Independence Day celebrations.
  • Hang banners in the Consular section of embassies and consulates.

Absentee Voting Week - September 29-October 6, 2014

Your Goal

Encourage everyone to return their voted ballot immediately upon receiving it or use the backup Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

What You Can Do

  • Ask voters if they have received their ballots. If not, give them a backup FWAB and tell them how to fill it out and mail it in.
  • Use media outlets to encourage people to vote using their State ballot or the backup FWAB.
  • Enlist the help of other VAOs, base organizations, or overseas citizen organizations to conduct events to encourage people to vote and return their absentee ballots.
  • Put up posters that tell people how to reach you for help.
  • Hang banners at base entrances and update base marquees with voting information.
  • Run PSAs.