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Make your vote count

GOWEN FIELD -- The November 6th general election is just around the corner. Act NOW to make sure that you will have an opportunity to have your vote counted. Don't wait until it's too late!

If you have not requested your absentee ballot for the 2012 general election, you should do so immediately. Go to FVAP.gov, select "Get Started" and "Register to vote/Request absentee ballot" to complete your Federal Postcard Application and have your forms completed, printed out, and ready to send to your local election office - all in less than 10 minutes.

If you have already applied, but have not received your State ballot, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as your back-up ballot. Go to FVAP.gov, select "Get Started" and "Get my Ballot Now" to complete the FWAB. If you receive your State ballot after submitting the FWAB, vote and return the State ballot as well.

Remember: don't wait until your State deadline to return your ballot; mail delivery times vary from location to location and it may take extra time for your ballot to get from your location to your State.

On September 1st, the Military Postal Service Agency began free expedited ballot delivery and ballot tracking to local election offices for military and their family members stationed overseas. Go to your overseas military post office or postal clerk and use the Label 11 - DOD on your absentee ballot and mail it. You will then be able to track the status of your ballot on the U.S. Postal Service website at www.usps.com.