The goal of Military Voter Readiness Day is twofold: 1) to raise awareness of upcoming state deadlines for military members to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, and 2) to encourage active duty military voters and their spouses to complete a Federal Post Card Application, which allows them to register and request an absentee ballot in one easy step. That application can be completed online in just a few short minutes.
Actively engaging military voters is critical because in 2008 less than 20% of 2.5 million military voters were able to request and return their absentee ballots and have that ballot counted. In 2010, that number was just 4.6%. (Learn more.)
Through National Military Voter Readiness Day and other efforts, we hope to ensure that all military voters–regardless of their location in the world–have the opportunity to register, request an absentee ballot, and cast their vote.
The Heroes Vote Initiative is a nonpartisan program of the Military Voter Protection Project, which works with local military and veterans groups, as well as state and local election officials, to motivate military voter participation and provide assistance to those members who need it.