(B) who is enrolled with the United States for employment or for training for employment, or who is maintained by the United States for emergency relief service, as an officer or other member of a crew of a vessel described in clause (A). However, "member of the merchant marine of the United States" does not include a person employed, enrolled for employment or for training for employment, or maintained for emergency relief service, on the Great Lakes or the inland waterways. § 1073. Right to vote in war-time presidential and congressional elections (a) Notwithstanding any State law relating to the registration of voters, in time of war each member of the armed forces on active duty who is absent from his domicile, and who but for his absence would be eligible to register and vote at any election under the law of the State where he is domiciled, is entitled to vote for electors for President and Vice President, United States Senators, and Representatives in Congress, as provided in this chapter. (b) I n time of war no member of the armed forces on active duty may be required to pay a poll tax or other tax, or make any other payment, to a State or a political subdivision thereof as a condition of voting in an election for President and Vice President, electors for President and Vice President, United States Senators, or Representatives in Congress. §1074.
Enactment of legislation relating to voting in other elections I n addition to conferring the right in section 1073 of this title to Tote in time of war, Congress recommends that the several States enact appropriate legislation to enable each of the persons in the following categories who is absent from his domicile to vote by absentee ballot in any primary, special, or general election held in time of war or peace in his election district or precinct, if he is eligible to vote in that election: (1) Members of the armed forces on active duty. (2) Members of the merchant marine of the United States. (3) Civilians officially attached to, and serving outside the United States with, the armed forces. §1075.
Post card requests for absentee ballots: printing and transmission (a) The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Treasury, and Commerce shall each have an adequate number of post card requests for absentee ballots printed for use under this chapter. Whenever practicable and compatible with military and merchant-marine operations, they shall have these requests— (1) delivered in hand to the persons covered by section 1074 of this title for use in any general election for electors for President and Vice President, United States Senators, or Representatives in Congress;