Brig. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, the U.S. Army Adjutant General and
the Army's Senior Voting Officer, strongly encourages servicemembers
and Army civilians to participate and cast a ballot in the 2008
Voting is the essence of a democracy and one of the
most important constitutional rights.
Elected officials have tremendously important jobs and the good
news is voters have a voice in who gets to do them ... if they vote.
The primaries continue through June.
Absentee ballots can be cast
by completing the Federal Post card Application (FPCA Standard Form
76) or complying with the ballot request procedures enacted by the
state in which a vote is cast.
The FPCA Standard Form 76, or other request, should be mailed
or sent electronically as soon as possible. You should then receive
your absentee ballot as you requested it.
The Federal Assistance Program has been working with the states
to allow ballots to be submitted and received electronically.
Check with your Unit Voting Assistance Officer (UVAO) for state
requirements. It is important that you complete and send in your
ballot immediately after receipt to ensure it is received by your
hometown local election officials before your state's deadline.
If you are an overseas voter and have not received your regular
absentee ballot 30 - 45 days prior to your state's deadline, you
should complete a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and send it
to your local election official. If
you later receive your absentee ballot, you should also complete and
send it in.
Mailing guidelines differ from state to state; therefore we
recommend you check your state's guidelines by contacting your UVAO,
or by visiting the Army Voting Assistance Program Web site at http://www.vote.army.mil.
For more information or assistance in the Fort McCoy community,
call Maj. Mary L. Tomko at (608) 388-7652.
(Submitted by Army Adjutant General Office.)