Rep. Maloney applauds Federal voter office decision
WASHINGTON, DC – News that the Pentagon’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) reversed itself and will make available both versions of the voter registration and absentee ballot form for overseas Americans was greeted as good news by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and advocates for overseas Americans in Congress.
“I’m glad the Federal Voting Assistance Program is making this accommodation to allow overseas Americans to submit the old form for this year’s Presidential elections while it continues its work creating a more appropriate version,” said Rep. Maloney (D-NY), a founder and the chair of the Americans Abroad Caucus in the House. “It’s important that U.S. citizens living overseas are able to exercise their right to vote, and the new form gave pause to too many Americans abroad. As such it’s great that FVAP made this change in light of concerns regarding the wording of the new form.”
Allowing both the recent update and previous version of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) will make it easier for overseas voters leading up to elections this fall. In June, Reps. Charles Gonzalez, Carolyn Maloney, Rush Holt, Michael Honda, and Susan Davis sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, whose Department oversees the FVAP, expressing concern that eligible U.S. citizens voting from abroad could have to choose between not voting or having to mislead the U.S. government because of changes to the FPCA questions.
New York Times story announcing the change: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/us/03iht-expats03.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print
In May 2012 Rep. Maloney wrote to FVAP Director Bob Carey with concerns that changes to the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) make it more difficult and problematic for overseas U.S. civilian voters to use.
Maloney’s web page on this issue: http://maloney.house.gov/issue/overseas-americans