Tell Us About Your Military Voting Experience

Soldier reads an absentee ballot while in the Post Exchange.
Army Pfc. Jerome Clunis, from the 94th Chaplain Detachment, reads an absentee ballot while in the Post Exchange on July 29, 2020, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army Reserve/Sgt. Jermaine Jackson)

If you're in the military, it can take a little extra time and commitment to take advantage of your right to vote. You may be registered in a different state from where you're stationed; you may be deployed and have to keep track of absentee deadlines for overseas voters.

While the Federal Voting Assistance Program has a section just to help service members vote and many military bases have dedicated voter assistance offices to help troops navigate challenges, the rules and requirements are different in every state and can be challenging to follow.

Voting by mail might a habit for you after years of service. But especially this year, when more people than ever are voting remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have stoked fears about voter fraud and mail breakdowns, we want to hear from our military readers.

What has your voting experience been like? What kind of support have you gotten from your unit or base? Were you able to get in touch with voter assistance personnel if you needed them? Do you have any concerns about the process, or did you hit any speed bumps?

Please tell us in this anonymous form. No information you share will be used without your permission, but you may help inform and inspire future reporting.

And if you're just getting around to the voting process now, below are some information and resources that may help.

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