SEPTEMBER 21, 2016, MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) – Sailors overseas and on sea duty, eligible family members, and U.S. civilians overseas casting absentee ballots between now and election day are eligible for free absentee ballot mail tracking at afloat and ashore military post offices.
“Sailors’ votes count, no matter where they are located.” said Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Navy Postal Operations Director Gabe Telles. “This free tracking service gives Sailors peace of mind knowing their ballots are received and counted.”
Customers will receive a copy of the Express Mail label number to track ballot delivery status at http://www.usps.com/.
“In November, our nation will elect our next president, vice president, federal, and local officials,” said Vice Adm. P.H. Cullom in a Sept. 13 NAVADMIN message. “I strongly encourage you to take an active role in deciding our next elected leaders.”
The Department of Defense, in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service, is offering this expedited, free service to ensure all Americans’ absentee ballots are counted, no matter the location from which they are mailed.
“Local voting assistance representatives are on hand to answer any questions Sailors may have about obtaining absentee ballots or mailing ballots,” Telles said.
In addition, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), is available 24/7 at 1-800-438-VOTE or online at http://www.fvap.gov.
Sailors voting from continental United States (CONUS) locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and U.S. territories should complete absentee ballots and mail from any U.S. post office. Express Mail service with free tracking is not available in these locations.
NAVSUP’s mission is to provide supplies, services, and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.