Any qualified elector who is a member of the armed forces or of the merchant marine
of the United States, or who is absent from the state in the performance of “services intimately connected with military operations” as defined in § 17-20-3(c), and any qualified elector of this state exempt from registration under § 17-20-4, shall have the right to vote at his or her option during the period of his or her
service and for two (2) years thereafter by any one of the following methods:
(1) If the person is present within the state on the day of any election, that person
shall have the right to vote in the manner prescribed in chapter 19 of this title,
subject to any other provisions of this chapter.
(2) If the person is absent from the state on the day of any election, that person
has the right to vote by absentee ballot in accordance with the provisions of this
chapter, upon compliance with its provisions.
(3)(i) The elector may cast an official federal absentee ballot federal write-in absentee
ballot “FWAB” in accordance with the laws of the United States.
(ii) The elector may use the “FWAB” to cast a vote for each federal, state and local office for which he or she is entitled
to vote in a general, primary or special election.
(4) The elector may also cast an official state blank ballot issued by the office
of the secretary of state in accordance with this chapter.
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