Navy Voting Assistance Program

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Federal Voting Assistance Program

The Navy Voting Assistance Program provides voting assistance to all Department of the Navy personnel and their families around the world.

The Navy Voting Assistance Program ensures that all Navy personnel receive timely and accurate information regarding state and federal elections through all communications means available, 24-hours a day.

Every Navy command has a Unit Voting Assistance Officer and every installation has an Installation Voting Assistance Officer. A Navy Voting Action Officer is assigned to manage the Navy Voting Assistance Program  on behalf of the Navy’s Senior Service Voting Representative, Commander, Navy Installations Command. Each branch of the military has a similarly structured Voting Assistance Program.

Federal Voting Assistance Program:  If you have any questions about absentee voting, voter registration, upcoming elections or anything else related to voting, the best place to start is with your command Voting Assistance Officer or the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. The Federal voting Assistance Program's website is a one-stop-shop for all things voting related. The Federal Voting Assistance Program is the Department of Defense agency responsible for making sure that absentee voters can easily exercise their right to vote

Frequently Asked Questions:

Registering to Vote Absentee: The easiest way to register is by using the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online wizard through their website. You can also download the SF-76 (below), fill it out and mail it in using the prepaid envelope (below).

Federal Post Card Application - SF 76

Prepaid Envelope

Additional Resources:

Voting Assistance Officers:

As a Voting Assistance Officer, your mission is to ensure that every Sailor, their eligible family members and other eligible personnel are afforded every opportunity to register and vote absentee.

All Voting Assistance Officers need to register on the Voter Information Management System (VIMS). Information needs to be updated regularly and all newly-assigned VAOs must register.

All Voting Assistance Officers are required to complete the mandatory VAO training and should become thoroughly familiar with the VAO-specific information found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website:

Instructions and Directives

Navy Voting Assistance Program OPNAV INSTRUCTION 1742.1B

Department of Defense Instruction Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) DoDI 1000.04 dtd 13 September 2012

Installation Voter Assistance Office Instruction, CNICINST 1742.1, 25 April 2011

Voting Information for Recruiters:

Please contact the Navy Voting Action Officer with any questions or comments.


Phone: 202-433-4000/DSN 288-4000

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)
ATTN Voting Action Officer
716 Sicard Street SE Suite 1000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5140


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