Federal Voting Assistance Program
1155 Defense Pentagon
Federal Voting Assistance Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense
FAX: (703) 588-0108
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The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) administers the federal responsibilities of the Presidential designee (Secretary of Defense), under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) of 1986. The FVAP provides U.S. citizens worldwide a broad range of non-partisan information and assistance to facilitate their participation in the democratic process - regardless of where they work or live. The UOCAVA requires that the states and territories allow certain U.S. citizens to register and vote absentee in elections for Federal office. These groups include: members of the Uniformed Services (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard); Merchant Marine; Eligible family members of the above; Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; U.S. citizens employed by the Federal Government residing outside the U.S., and All other private U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. Some states and territories also allow citizens covered by the UOCAVA to register and vote in state and local elections as well.
The FVAP also acts on behalf of the Secretary of Defense to administer the Federal responsibilities of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which designates armed forces recruiting offices nationwide as voter registration agencies allowing eligible U.S. citizens to apply for voter registration, or apply to change voter registration data, at 6000 Armed Forces Recruitment Offices nationwide.