HEIDELBERG, Germany (Army
News Service) -- The 2008 election year kicked off Jan. 3 with the
Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire's presidential primary took place Jan.
8. Other states' primaries, many with bumped-up voting dates, follow
right behind the Granite State.
And Election Day, Nov. 4, is less than a year away. So there is
no time like the present to register to vote, say voting assistance
Throughout the Army, voting assistance officers (VAO) are
helping Soldiers, family members, Department of Defense civilian
employees, retirees and contractors in registering to vote. They also
can identify a voter's county of record back home and will assist with
filling out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).
While their processes vary, all 50 states and U.S. territories
recognize and accept the federal postcard application -- U.S.
Government Printing Office Standard Form 76. The form can be obtained
from a VAO or downloaded from the Federal Voting Assistance Program
After completing an FPCA, voters need to forward it to their
county election officers because the FPCA registers the individual and
requests an absentee ballot.
Voters still should check with their state's secretary of state
or director of elections for state-specific laws and guidance. Every
state is different when it comes to registration procedures and
deadlines for getting the federal post card registration to a county
For more information, visit the FVAP Web site at http://www.fvap.gov.
Anyone with questions in the Fort McCoy community can call Maj.
Mary L. Tomko at (608) 388-7652.