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Because of a delay in the mailing of absentee ballots to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act citizens from Colorado for the November elections, the state has extended the deadline for the receipt of such ballots by 10 days, to Nov. 12, the Federal Voting Assistance Program said Tuesday.

Overseas voters who have not received their state absentee ballot can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (Standard Form 186) to vote for candidates for federal office. This ballot is available from a unit’s voting assistance officer or at the embassy or consulate.

Charles Abell, principal deputy undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness and overseer of a Department of Defense campaign to get out the vote, told Stripes in August that voting by Oct. 15 “should” ensure that votes are registered, even if sent “from the remotest part of the world to the remotest part of the United States.”

Voting assistance officers should again contact Colorado voters and provide help to them in returning their absentee ballot, according to a release from FVAP. Overseas citizens should fill out and return their ballots immediately upon receipt.

Colorado also allows return of the voted ballot by fax. Information on faxing is available at: www.fvap.gov/services/faxing.html. Further information on Colorado precincts, candidates and voting is available at: www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.htm.

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