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AGENCY:

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice.

In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.Start Printed Page 39688

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, ATTN: John Godley, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox 10, Alexandria, Virginia 22350-5000.

Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Federal Post Card Application (FPCA); Standard Form 76 (SF-76); OMB Control Number 0704-TBD.

Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to fulfill the requirement of the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), 46 U.S.C. 1973ff wherein the Secretary of Defense is to prescribe an official postcard form, containing an absentee voter registration application and an absentee ballot request application for use by the States.

Affected Public: Uniformed Services members, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. (UOCAVA citizens) who apply for voter registration or request an absentee ballot from their State of residency.

Annual Burden Hours: 300,000. The burden for this collection belongs to the individual States.

Number of Respondents: 1,200,000.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

Frequency: Annually.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Summary of Information Collection

Respondents are UOCAVA citizens who desire to apply for voter registration or request an absentee ballot from their State of residency. The information provided by these citizens is used by the States to determine if the citizen is a resident of a jurisdiction within that State, and therefore eligible to vote within that jurisdiction and to provide absentee ballots to these citizens for Federal elections held within each calendar year. This form is mandated by 42 U.S.C. 1973ff. The Department of Defense does not receive, collect nor maintain any data provided on the form by these citizens; this data is received, collected and maintained by the individual States. The burden for the collection of this data resides with the individual States. If the form is not provided, UOCAVA citizens may not be able to register to vote in their State of residency nor be able to request absentee ballots and thus, may be disenfranchised from their right as a U.S. citizen to participate in the electoral process.

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Dated: June 28, 2012.

Patricia L. Toppings,

OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2012-16414 Filed 7-3-12; 8:45 am]

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