53.37  "Armed forces" defined.

This division is intended to implement the federal Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1973ff et seq.

The term "armed forces of the United States", as used in this division, shall mean the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard, and air force of the United States.

For the purpose of absentee voting only, there shall be included in the term "armed forces of the United States" the following:

1.  Spouses and dependents of members of the armed forces while in active service.

2.  Members of the merchant marine of the United States and their spouses and dependents.

3.  Civilian employees of the United States in all categories serving outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia and their spouses and dependents when residing with or accompanying them, whether or not the employee is subject to the civil service laws and the Classification Act of 1949, and whether or not paid from funds appropriated by the Congress.

4.  Members of religious groups or welfare agencies assisting members of the armed forces, who are officially attached to and serving with the armed forces, and their spouses and dependents.

5.  Citizens of the United States who do not fall under any of the categories described in subsections 1 to 4, but who are entitled to register and vote pursuant to section 48A.5, subsection 4.

Section History: Early form

  [C54, 58, 62, 66, § 53.37; C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, § 53.37, 53.49; C81, § 53.37]

Section History: Recent form

  94 Acts, ch 1180, §25; 95 Acts, ch 67, §8

Internal References

  Referred to in § 48A.5, 48A.5A, 53.49

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