HOT! Overseas ballots from Fairfax County, VA

A reader sends this on concerning the disallowed ballots in Virginia that I noted last week:

The State of Virginia announced that a number of Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) members submitted Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots (FWAB) which will not be counted due to administrative errors. Virginia requires FWABs submitted as both an absentee ballot application and as a voted ballot contain both the witness’ signature and the witness’ address to be counted in the General Election. Having consulted both FVAP and the Virginia Absentee Voter Office, we recommend that voters who submitted the FWAB as both their application and their ballot complete a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) and email it to their county voter registration office NLT 1700 28 OCT 08. Once the FPCA arrives, the voted ballot already on hand becomes valid and will be counted. The Army Voting Action Officer is emailing this information to the Senior Voting Assistance Officers (SVAOs) and Installation Voting Assistance Officers (IVAOs) for dissemination and action by voters. See your Unit Voting Assistance Officer (UVAO) for assistance

This means that those overseas in this predicament have until the close of business on Tuesday to email an FPCA to their county voter registration office.

I’m trying to find a link to the form and the specific email address to send it to and will post them if I find them.

If you’ve got friends or relatives who may have been affected by this issue, let them know immediately.

UPDATE:

The status of a Virginia absentee ballot can be checked here.

Here is an interactive PDF of the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to be filled out and emailed. Here is a back-up in the event that the government source has, um, issues.

Here is an email form for the Voter Registration Office, but you can’t attach the PDF using it and I can’t figure out the actual email address.

UPDATE 2: Another group of voters afraid of being disenfranchised has posted the actual email address. It’s apparently voting@fairfaxcounty.gov.

UPDATE 3: Color me shocked. And impressed. I had sent in a request for clarification via their web form and someone actually responded. Within an hour or so.

Voters who use the Federal Postcard Application do not have to provide a witness. The requirement applies only to those voters who submit a Federal Write In Ballot without having first applied for an absentee ballot.

This isn’t actually new news, and it didn’t actually answer my question about whether submitting a properly filled-out FPCA would solve the problem with the ballots in question. And it didn’t tell me where those FPCAs should be sent. But hey, someone answered.

Anyway, the problem is with voters who use the absentee ballot to BOTH apply for absentee voting and to actually cast the vote. These are what requires the address of the witness. Those that applied for an absentee ballot previously don’t need a witness address on their ballot. According to Lex, this affects at least 42 voters that they’re aware of. Hopefully, those 42 will get things sorted out in time.