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Clip's from the Clerk - September 22nd is UOCAVA Saturday

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

September 22nd is UOCAVA Saturday

Election officials around the country will be sending ballots out to UOCAVA voters – no later than 45 days before the election.   

Counties are required to send ballots to military and overseas voters in a timely manner, as it is critical to their ability to successfully return it in time to be counted.  As you may know, many of these voters are located in remote and far regions of the world, and their recommended mailing dates for returning voted ballots to ensure delivery by election may vary.

UOCAVA is the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act.  This law was passed by Congress to make voting for military and overseas citizens easier.   This Act provides the minimum legal requirements for voting for these citizens.

UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, their family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

Colorado refers to all UOCAVA voters as “Covered Voters” and it treats all UOCAVA voters the same.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a federal agency that is charged with assisting military and overseas voters and their families with the registration and voting process.  The FVAP website is a great resource for military and overseas voters to find information.

The Overseas Vote Foundation website also offers online services to overseas and military voters.

Many UOCAVA voters move often and need to update their addresses.  It is our practice to communicate with all UOCAVA voters once a year to make sure we have current information.

Many UOCAVA electors will request their ballots by email, fax or online delivery because they know that they will not receive a mail ballot at their overseas address.

If you or anyone you may know has questions about UOCAVA voting, please contact our office.  The most important mile in our business walk is the “extra mile”, the one called service.  Jane, Desiree, Ben, Dominique and I are here to help.