US citizens residing or studying in Florence who are eager to remain involved in the political process stateside have a number of both new and previously existing resources at their fingertips. Working with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), the nonpartisan organization charged with overseeing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the US Consulate General Florence is taking steps to equip US citizens with tools to participate in the democratic process, even from afar.
With the November 2018 mid-term elections on the horizon, an FVAP representative led an April 5 workshop on the absentee voting process at the US Consulate General Florence. Among the participants were leaders of several Florence-based, US-minded associations with voter registration drives or student-focused "Get out the Vote" efforts planned at a later date; stay tuned to The Florentine for details to come.
Ahead of these community drives and events, US citizens interested in ensuring their votes will count can independently take the first steps in the absentee voting process. Although finer points can vary depending on the voter's state of registration, several steps are universal, outlined below.