JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --
Absentee voting week is Oct. 1-8, and the JBA Military & Family Support Center voter assistance office is here to help. Tierra S. Fincher, installation voting assistance officer, has answers to some common voting questions.
How do I register to vote?
Step 1. Complete a Federal Post Card Application and submit it to your local election office.
Step 2. Applications are reviewed by local election officials, then an absentee ballot is sent to the applicant.
Step 3. Applicant votes on the ballot and returns it to the local election office before the state's deadline.
How long does registration take?
It shouldn’t take any longer than 30 days from the time you submit your application. If you're concerned that you won't receive your ballot before the deadline, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot form as a backup.
How do I know if my ballot was received?
Click your state on this map on FVAP.org and then navigate to the bottom-right box where it says "Check the Status of My Voted Ballot."
Do I have to do this with each permanent change of station?
Each time you PCS you must complete a new application to update your address and request an absentee ballot.
How do I stay up to date with each PCS?
Contact your local election office in the state in which you have moved. Contact your base’s voting assistance officer, and visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for monthly updates or to sign up to receive voter alerts.
Fincher will be at various spots on base throughout the week to answer questions and help with registration:
Oct. 3: Education Center, 9-11 a.m.
Oct. 5: The Club, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The JBA voter assistance office provides voting resources and support. Computers and a fax machine are available for completion of the online application. If you require additional information, contact the voting office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 301-981-8683.