Remember to request your absentee ballot

There are only 60 days until the Nov. 2 general election. If you have not requested
your absentee ballot for the 2010 general election, do so immediately. It’s simple and it’s fast. Go to and use our online registration and absentee ballot assistant and have your forms completed, printed out and ready to send back home in less than 10 minutes.

Although federal law requires states to begin mailing ballots 45 days before the general election, you still may not get your ballot in time to vote, return it and be counted because of mail delays both to you and for your ballots return home.

Therefore, starting Sept. 1, the Military Postal Service Agency will provide free expedited ballot delivery and ballot tracking to your local election office for military and their family members stationed overseas. Go to your local post office or postal clerk and use the Label 11 — DOD on your absentee ballot and mail it.  
You will then be able to track the status of your ballot on the U.S. Postal Service Web site at

If you haven’t received your ballot by Oct. 2, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot as your backup ballot.

Go to and use the automated assistant to complete the FWAB.
For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate’s name or their party designation. Check your state election Web site for candidate information, which generally is available 45 days before the election. 

If you receive your state ballot after submitting the FWAB, vote and return the state ballot as well. The state will only count your FWAB if your state ballot is not received by the deadline.

(Courtesy of the Federal Voting Assistance Program)