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2008 Warden Message

Federal Voting Assistance Program- News Release # 9

April 23, 2008

Maryland to Hold a Special General Election on June 17, 2008 for Representation in Congress From the 4th District

On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, there will be a special general election in 4th Congressional District of Maryland to fill the seat of Representative Albert Wynn. To determine if your legal residence is in the 4th Congressional District, go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website, www.fvap.gov/comm/communicating.html and click on "Communicating with Your Elected Officials", then "Who is my Representative?". 

Voting Assistance Officers should contact any Maryland voters they assist, inform them of this news release, and provide help in returning the absentee ballot. 

Registering to Vote and Requesting a Ballot:  

All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their family members, and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are Maryland residents from the 4th District should request registration and an absentee ballot for this special general election by completing and submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), SF-76, as soon as possible, if you have not done so already in calendar year 2008.

The online version of the FPCA is available from the FVAP website at www.fvap.gov/pubs/fpca.html Specific instructions for Maryland are available at: http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/vag/pdfvag/md.pdf (PDF). The County Board of Elections must receive the FPCA for voter registration and absentee ballot request not later than Tuesday, May 27, 2008, and for absentee ballot request only no later than Tuesday, June 10, 2008. 

Voters who are Maryland residents from the 4th District and requested a ballot for the Presidential and State Primary on February 12, 2008 will automatically receive this ballot and need not take any further action.

Maryland allows members of the U.S. Uniformed Services and their family members to send the FPCA for ballot request by fax. After faxing, submit the original FPCA by mail. Use the following toll-free fax numbers for the U.S. and Canada: 1-800-368-8683, (703) 693-5527 or DSN 223-5527 (military). A list of additional toll-free fax numbers from overseas countries are available at: www.fvap.gov/services/tollfree.html#fax 

Maryland does not allow faxing of the FPCA for registration. If requesting to receive the blank ballot by fax, be sure to provide your fax number with all applicable prefixes and country codes.

Receiving Your Ballot:

Maryland allows you to receive the blank ballot by fax.

Returning Your Ballot:

When returned, your ballot will be counted as long as it is postmarked on or before June 17, 2008 and arrives at the appropriate Board of Elections no later than June 27, 2008. 

Maryland does not allow return of the voted ballot by fax. 

Additional Information:

Specific information on your precinct, candidates, elections, and voting is available at the Maryland State Board of Elections website, http://www.elections.state.md.us/

The FVAP can be contacted via 1-800-438-8683. Citizens may reach the FVAP toll-free from 67 countries using the toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov/services/tollfree.html. Questions regarding the above may also be referred to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC, 20301-1155, vote@fvap.ncr.gov and on the World Wide Web at http://www.fvap.gov/index.html.