Military personnel in the past could rely upon recieving an absentee ballot, but now with the MOVE Act in effect, the rules have changed. This law will determine the right to vote of all 1.9 million Americans who serve this country in uniform.
All military personnel must now submit a new military voter registration form (FPCA) every calendar year, to remain eligible to vote.
Where to send election materials if you are in uniform and from Ohio:
The - National Voter Registration Act of 1993 - requires
that individuals be given the opportunity to complete a voter registration form
or to change their voter registration data when applying for or receiving
services or assistance at any office designated as a voter registration agency,
which includes all Recruiting Offices of the Armed Forces.
assigned to duty at Recruiting Offices for the Armed Forces are to be trained and
capable of providing voter services and assistance, according to the 1993 Voter Registration Act.
Although federal law requires the DOD to create voter assistance offices on every military installation before the 2010 election, nonetheless the Department of Defense waited until the 2nd of December 2010 - a month after the mid-term congressional elections and more than a year after the MOVE Act of 2009 was passed - to issue regulations directing the military services administration to designate 'Installation Voter Assistance Offices' on all military bases.
It remains unclear whether such offices were created at all military installations, or if the offices that were created complied with the law or DOD directives.
What is required in this case is action by the commander-in-chief and the secretary of defense to ensure that every one of their military installations is complying with federal law, and properly.
As a citizen, I call upon this administration to protect the voting rights of our military service members.
The Huber Heights Liberty Group is not taking this matter lightly and they are organising to bring this issue to the attention of all concerned.
Secretary of State, John Husted, has within his office an individual who job it is to deal with voting matters concerning our men and women in uniform. He should be contact and made aware of this issue.