For Immediate Release
Alex Reed, 501-682-1217
UOCAVA ballots to be sent soon, Martin says
September 20, 2012 (LITTLE ROCK) — Secretary of State Mark Martin today encouraged military and overseas absentee voters to submit absentee ballot applications to their county clerks as soon as possible. Election officials must begin mailing absentee ballots to military and overseas voters on Friday, Sept. 21, for the November General Election.
State law requires that county clerks begin mailing requested absentee ballots to overseas and military voters 46 days before an election.
“This law provides additional safeguards for military and overseas voters, above and beyond the federal requirements,” Martin said.
The law applies only to voters under UOCAVA – the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act – whether those voters are actually overseas or, in the case of military voters and their families, stationed or deployed in the United States but outside their home area.
UOCAVA voters should apply to vote absentee as soon as possible. Military and overseas voters may submit their absentee ballot applications through the postal system, by fax or by e-mail to their county clerk. For more information, UOCAVA voters may visit our website at http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/militaryOverseas.aspx.
Martin also encouraged affected voters to use the Federal Post Card Application. UOCAVA voters may request delivery of a paper ballot or electronic delivery of the ballot through the Secretary of State’s new Ballot Safe program.
“I was honored to participate in a recent trip through the Department of Defense to visit some of our military overseas and encourage them to use this system,” Martin said. “As a Navy veteran myself, I'm committed to honoring the men and women in uniform for their courage and service by ensuring their right and ability to vote.”
He added, “It is equally important that other American citizens who are abroad for other reasons be able to vote in a timely and efficient manner, and my office is dedicated to providing that opportunity.”