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Why is there a National Voter Registration day? According to National Voter Registration Day’s official site, “Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On Tuesday September 25, 2018 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.


To ensure you are not one of those voters who miss a deadline or miss the opportunity to vote, here are some helpful websites and resources to get you on your way to an absentee ballot: You can search using the address that you are registered to vote in (not your current address- unless that is the domicile you have chosen for your registration) I.E we are stationed in California, but registered to vote in Texas, I use the Texas address here. The site automatically determines whether the state of your domicile allows for online registration (Texas does!) and you can simply complete the request online.


Overseas Vote Foundation: This is a great site to register and get an absentee ballot in the same place. You can also use this site to find election deadlines by state.


Federal Voting Assistance Program: Using this site you can print out the required forms. It is important to note, using this method requires you to have access to a printer.


Are you a first-time voter or a voting expert? Have you ever voted with an absentee ballot?


About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (4 and 2 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.