2020 VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICER GUIDANCE:
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SUBJ/2020 VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICER GUIDANCE//
NARR/REF A IS U.S. CODE TITLE 10, SECTION 1566.
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1742.1C, NAVY VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REF C IS DODI
1000.04, FEDERAL VOTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. REF D IS U.S. CODE TITLE 42,
SECTION 1973GG.// POC/LINDEKE-HEAVENRICH, C/LT/CNIC WASHINGTON DC/N9
/EMAIL: email@example.com/TEL: 202-433-4000//
RMKS/1. The right of every American to vote is a freedom that we in the
military defend. Overseas assignment, deployments, and frequent moves are
facts of life in the Navy that challenge the ability of our Sailors,
Civilians and their families to exercise that right. The Navy’s Voting
Assistance Program (VAP) and Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) are critical
resources that enable our Navy team to participate in our democracy and
ensure their voices are heard.
2. References a through d established the VAP to ensure eligible voters
receive information and materials about voting registration and procedures
including scheduled election dates, offices, constitutional amendments and
other ballot proposals. The 2020-2021 Voting Action Plan, an easy-to-use and
frequently updated reference for VAP officials, is available on the Federal
Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website at
https://www.fvap.gov/vao/directives. The following guidance pertains to the
a. VAOs are the front-line to ensuring Sailors, Civilians and families
are aware of how to absentee vote and receive in-person assistance. Duties
and responsibilities of the VAO are outlined in references B and C. The
Voting Action Plan includes a single-source document that succinctly outlines
all VAO requirements.
b. Installation VAOs (IVAOs) are the touchpoint for Navy Region
Commander and Installation Commanding Officer engagement with all tenant
command leaders, and are responsible for aggressively advertising information
for and maintaining installation voting assistance (IVA) offices located in
close proximity to or on each Navy installation. IVAOs provide voting
assistance to Service Members, their dependents, Civilian Federal employees
and all qualified voters who have access to the IVA Office.
c. Recruiting Offices are also designated as voter registration agencies
and can assist personnel and their dependents with voting procedures.
Detailed guidance for Recruiting Offices can be found in references C and D,
and on the FVAP website at https://www.fvap.gov/vao/recruiter.
d. Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) maintains installation
-specific VAP information, as well as FVAP resources, on public Navy region
and installation websites and smartphone apps under "Support Services."
Region and installation websites can be accessed from the public CNIC website
3. Absentee Voter Training. Navy commands will conduct Absentee Voter
Training with all hands as soon as possible, but no later than 31 August
2020, to ensure personnel understand the process for registering to
participate in the general election. A training video is available from FVAP
at https://www.fvap.gov /militaryhowto or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz1mPEDo1tw. If the training video is not
accessible, training may be completed using legacy VAO PowerPoint briefs or
other training methods.
4. Command leadership and engagement are critical to ensuring our Sailors,
Civilians and their families have the opportunity to vote, regardless of
their location or deployment status.
5. Contact the Navy Service VAO, LT Coulter Lindeke-Heavenrich for questions
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (202) 433-4000.
6. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff on behalf of
Vice Admiral M. M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Installations Command.