Tribute to Senator Warner
Military and overseas civilian voters have lost a great champion and hero.
Former Senator John Warner (R, VA) died on May 25 in northern Virginia at the age of 94. President Biden lauded his "principled stances" on important issues facing our nation during his five terms in the US Senate from 1979 until 2009. Former Senator Warner also served as Secretary of the Navy between 1972 and 1974.
In 1988, Senator Warner led the effort to approve the Uniformed and Overseas Civilian Absentee Voter Act P.L.99-4120 (UOCAVA), which was signed into law by President Reagan on August 28 of that year.
UOCAVA assures the rights of covered citizens to register to vote and to vote by absentee ballot in all federal elections for the following classes of American citizens:
- Members of the seven uniformed services
- Members of the US Merchant Marine
- Eligible family members of the above
- US citizens employed by the federal government residing outside the US
- Other private US citizens residing outside the US
U.S. Vote Foundation and our Overseas Voter initiative wish to publicly acknowledge Senator Warner's long years of wise leadership and dedicated service to our country. Ensuring that UOCAVA voters can exercise their franchise, even when away from the US, provides a shining underpinning of our Mission: "Every Citizen is a Voter".
Thank you, Senator Warner!