Absentee Ballot 2008 Email This Story Print This Story

It's not just your right to vote, it's your duty. So whether you're stationed abroad or right here at home you need to make sure you are registered to vote.

If you can't make it to the polls on Election Day, you may be qualified to vote absentee. Absentee voting can be done by mail, and sometimes in person, before Election Day. Some states require you to give a reason why you can't participate on Election Day, while others do not.

Click here to find out how you can request an absentee ballot application from your local election office or learn about absentee voting options.

Some states allow voters to vote early, even if they are able to make it to the polls on Election Day. This practice is often referred to as early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. If you are legally registered to vote, you may be able for early voting.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has all the resources you'll need to get registered if you haven't already done so, as well as absentee ballots for both active duty members (at home and abroad) and U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.

The FVAP site has the necessary forms and information organized by State. While the process is pretty similar each state has it's own forms to fill out. Simply pick from one of the following two options to get started.

For active-duty members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, NOAA, and their family members Click Here to get started.

For United States citizens who are living outside the U.S. for work, school or other reasons Click Here to get started.

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