South Dakota Voters, Get out and Vote!

Today is the Primary Elections for the State of South Dakota.  If you are a registered voter in the State of South Dakota, please exercise your right to vote!

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Separating from Active Duty?

Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are covered by The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

As you transition back to civilian life, you will no longer be covered by UOCAVA. You and your eligible family members should notify your election office of your change in voter registration status and update your information so that you can begin to vote locally. You may do this in either one or two easy steps.

If you have voted absentee or locally and are staying in the same voting residence after separation:

  1. Notify your election office of your change in status and that you will be voting locally for future elections. A sample letter is provided for your convenience.

If you voted absentee or locally and are moving to a new State or county after separation:

  1. Notify your election office of your change in status and that you will no longer be voting in that jurisdiction. A sample letter is provided for your convenience.
  2. Complete a National Voter Registration Form to register as a civilian.

If you will be moving abroad after separating from the military, you will remain a UOCAVA voter. You should send in a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) with your updated mailing address and new classification selection. The FPCA can be found at FVAP.gov. Your voting residence address in the U.S. will remain the same.

Additional information about registering to vote locally can be found on your State/Territory Election website.

Want to take information with you? Click the following link and print the fact sheet: Separating from Active Duty: Voter Assistance.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Vote!

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot.  To register and request your absentee ballot, visit FVAP.gov to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

The following states have elections in the next 90 days:
May
8 – Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
15 – Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania
22 – Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas

June – 30 Day Notice
5 – Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
12 – Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia
19 – Arkansas, District of Columbia
26 – Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah

July – 60 Day Notice
17 – Alabama, North Carolina
24 – Georgia

August – 90 Day Notice
2 – Tennessee
4 – Virgin Islands
7 – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington
11 – Hawaii
14 – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin
21 – Alaska, Wyoming
25 – Guam
28 – Arizona, Florida

FVAP recommends that all military members, eligible family members and U.S. citizens overseas, away from their voting jurisdiction, send in a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal elections.  Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the last general election.

To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP’s contact page (fvap.gov/info/contact).

To register and request your ballots, complete the FPCA using the online assistant (fvap.gov/military-voter/registration-ballots), the fillable PDF (fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf) or pick up a hardcopy version from your Installation Voter Assistance Office located at the Ellsworth AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center.

Ellsworth AFB Voter Assistance Office is Now Open

The Voters Assistance office is now located in the Rushmore Center Bldg. 2500  within the Airman and Family Readiness Center.  This is your one stop shop for all your voting needs.  Mr. Jeff Hollinshead is the new Installation Voting Assistance Officer and Ms. Jo Anne Amundson is the Alternate.  Both can be reached at 385-5456 for questions or to schedule appointments for assistance.  Questions can also be addressed by emailing them to 28fss.ellsworth.voting@us.af.mil .  We encourage you to visit and follow the new Ellsworth AFB Voting Assistance website for up-to-date information at https://ellsworthafbvoting.wordpress.com .

Most States require you to register to vote to start the absentee voting process. We encourage you use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a form you can use to register to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest that you send in a new FPCA every year and when you move.

Many States allow you to submit your FPCA electronically and all States allow for at least one form of electronic transmission of your blank ballot. Mail delivery times will vary based on where you are and customs requirements. Mail your materials early enough to account for the mail delivery time. Using electronic options can help reduce the ballot transit time for your election materials.

It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world. The FPCA can be completed by using the FPCA online assistant, filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your Voting Assistance Officer located in the Ellsworth Airman and Family Readiness Center. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don’t have to worry about finding stamps!