As part of a government-wide effort to tackle barriers to voting that many Americans face, VA announced a new initiative this week to provide voter assistance to Veterans, families, caregivers and survivors at VA facilities across the country. VA is doing this because we recognize that advocating for all Veterans include advocating for their ability to exercise the rights they fought for and to participate in the civic life that they defended in uniform. During his speech at the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL, Deputy Secretary Donald Remy said, “For too long, too many Americans have fought too hard around the globe to protect our rights and freedoms only to fight brutal battles here at home for their own rights and freedoms.” This work ensures “Veteran access to that most sacred right they fought for and so many died for.”
As part of this effort, our goal this year is to establish a pilot voter assistance program in select facilities in six states where Veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors can go to receive voter assistance information and support.
As we work towards establishing this pilot program, we are asking you to complete this survey which would help us identify the barriers that Veterans face when registering to vote. Additionally, we ask you to disseminate this survey to your networks to ensure that we get as much participation from our Veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors, especially from communities that are more likely to be affected by barriers to voting.
Finally, we invite you to visit va.gov/vote, which is our new online portal for resources available to Veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors on registering to vote. We encourage you to visit the site and we welcome any feedback you may have on how we can make the site more effective at meeting the needs of our customers.