Registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot is easier than ever, so there is really no excuse not to do so every year.
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New York District 23 – Get Ready for the November 3, 2009 Special Election
On Tuesday, November 3, 2009 New York will hold a special State election to fill the congressional vacancy left by the appointment of Army Secretary John McHugh. A list of candidates will be available after October 14, 2009 at http://www.elections.state.ny.us. The 23rd Congressional District includes the following counties: Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Lewis, Madison, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and parts of Essex, Fulton and Oneida Counties. Look up your voter registration and find your polling place https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx
Request Your Ballot
If you do not have an absentee ballot request on file, you need to fill one out as soon as possible. The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) ballot application and instructions are available at www.fvap.gov. If you are eligible to vote in this election, and requested and received a ballot for last year’s presidential election, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot. You can check your registration status at https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx. Your absentee ballot application needs to be postmarked by October 27, 2009.
Receive and Return Your Ballot
Ballots will not be available until at the earliest October 14, 2009. If a list of candidates has been certified by this date, local election officials will begin mailing ballots beginning October 14, 2009.
Ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day (11/2/09) and are due back to your local election official by November 16, 2009.
NOTE: Because there are only 32 days for your ballot to reach you and for you to vote it, we are highly recommending that you use the Federal Write in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) once a list of candidates is made available. You can find an online version of the FWAB and New York instructions on how to fill out and submit the form are available at www.fvap.gov.
FVAP has released the 2008 Survey Methods and invites questions and comments from academics and others.
October 5, 2009 – Arlington, VA – The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is pre-releasing its 2008 Post-Election Survey methods and questions and is inviting election officials, military and overseas voting advocates and members of academia to review FVAPs methods for statistical reliability and that they meet the industry standards.
FVAP is required by law to conduct these surveys after every Presidential election and report specifically on the effectiveness of assistance provided by FVAP to military and overseas citizens, an analysis of Uniformed Services and overseas nonmilitary voter participation, and a description of State-federal cooperation.
However, the greatest public interest has been in the statistical analyses of voter participation rates. With that interest has also been significant criticism of the statistical methods used in previous surveys, especially the 2004 survey. In response to that criticism, FVAP engaged the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to incorporate FVAP’s survey questions into its annual Status of Forces Survey (SOFS), a well-respected, widely accepted survey methodology for assessing military personnel issues, and marks a substantial improvement in the methodology used for FVAP’s 2008 voting survey.
The early release of this section of the 2008 final report is done so that the UOCAVA voting community, other government agencies, and interested professionals can review the survey’s methodology in advance of the final survey analysis and report writing. It is FVAP’s hope that this cycle of surveys will set a new benchmark for analyzing military voting participation, and that the early release of the survey methodology and questions will help identify any remaining statistical issues before issuing the final report, and to address many of the criticisms raised regarding the 2004 and prior surveys. Specifically, a DMDC Survey Note is also being released describing the key statistical methodological differences between the 2004 and 2008 surveys.
FVAP Director Bob Carey invited interested observers to critically assess the 2008 Survey methodology, “Broad public acceptance of the statistical methods underlying this survey is crucial to public acceptance of their results. I invite the academic community, election officials, and the UOCAVA voting advocacy community to take a ‘wire-brush’ to our methods and tell us where we can improve, before we write the final report.” Comments can be submitted to FVAP’s Survey Manager firstname.lastname@example.org by October 26th, 2009.
All methods can be found at http://www.fvap.gov/reference/18threport.html.
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- Harmonizes the implementation of UOCAVA across all states
- Prohibits refusal of duly completed materials generated by computer
- Allows overseas voters to register once and receive ballots on an ongoing basis
- Eliminate notarization requirements
- Ensures that citizens born overseas who have never lived in the US can vote using the previous domicile of the American parent(s)
- Requires prompt notification of rejection of a ballot request so the voter has a chance to correct registration issues before Election Day
Did you have problems voting in the 2008 Presidential election? For example:
- Were you unable to vote because you have never lived in the US?
- Were you removed from the electoral rolls?
- Were your forms were rejected because of the type of paper used?
- Did you find out too late that their registration or ballot were not accepted?
If this applies to you or anyone you know, please draft a letter of support for H.R. 1739.
Please mail your letters to:
Hon. Robert A. Brady
Chairman, Committee on House Administration
US House of Representatives
1309 Longworth Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Hon. Daniel Lungren
Ranking Member, Committee on House Administration, Republican Office
US House of Representatives 1313 Longworth Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515