FVAP Releases Policy Brief on Automatic Voter Registration and Potential Impact to Military and Overseas Citizen Voters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In the first release of a series of policy briefs intended to inform State election officials, FVAP discusses automatic voter registration systems and the potential impacts on military personnel, their families and overseas citizens covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

The policy brief provides a background on automatic voter registration, the status of State and federal legislation and the potential implications for voters concerning their residency, UOCAVA status and taxes.  FVAP also offers steps that States should consider before implementing automatic voter registration systems.

FVAP is agnostic on the larger issue of whether automatic registration should be enacted by the States; however, it has a responsibility to consider and educate stakeholders on the possible impacts to UOCAVA voters.  FVAP looks forward to sharing additional policy briefs next year as it continues to work with State and local election officials to support military and overseas citizen voters.

View the policy brief here.

Additional policy briefs will be posted upon release at www.fvap.gov/eo/policy-briefs.

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Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization 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.

FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice, and election officials from 50 States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. State and local governments administer U.S. elections, including those for federal offices. FVAP supports State and local election officials by providing absentee voting information, materials, training and guidance.

Voters can contact FVAP's call center at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find FVAP on Facebook at facebook.com/DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.