Absentee Ballots Mailed to Military, Overseas Voters


Sept. 24, 2010
OPA 152/10

News Highlights

  • Fairfax County is in compliance with new MOVE Act.
  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 12.

Fairfax County has sent absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 General Election to military and overseas voters, in accordance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act passed by Congress in 2009. The act mandates that states send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before a federal election.

The Office of Elections began sending absentee ballots via e-mail to military members and their families, as well as civilians working and living overseas, 55 days prior to the election, before the required deadline. In addition, printed ballots for all voters who applied to vote absentee were sent out 48 days prior to the election. Electoral Board Vice Chairman Hans von Spakovsky says, “The fact that we got our ballots out ahead of the federal deadline shows how seriously we take our duty to protect the franchise of our military and civilian voters who are overseas, many of them risking their lives on our behalf.” 

The November election is the first time the MOVE Act requirements are in effect. In addition to many active duty military members, Fairfax County is home to many federal employees that are overseas.

“Through the hard work of the Office of Elections staff, the additional time will give military and overseas voters more opportunity to participate in this year's federal elections,” says General Registrar Edgardo Cortes.

Voter registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The deadline to apply by mail or fax for a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 26; the deadline to vote absentee in person is Saturday, Oct. 30.

For more information, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

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