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May 11, 2012

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Voting Assistance Office serves military, civilian personnel

The Fort McCoy Voting Assistance Office in the Directorate of Human Resources (DHR), building 2187, has resources available to help members of the Fort McCoy community — military and civilians — be prepared for the upcoming elections, said Lisa Perry, the assistant Voting Assistance officer (VAO) for the DHR. Voters for all local, state and federal elections must be at least 18 years old.

Available resources include the 2012-13 Voting Assistance Guide for Uniformed Servicemembers, their Families and overseas citizens. The office also has the Federal Post Card Application Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot, Standard Form 76, and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot Instructions, Standard Form 186. Various materials for the state of Wisconsin voter eligibility are available at the office.

Voters who intend to cast absentee ballots should submit their requests at least 90 days before the election day. Citizens do not have to submit separate applications for each election. The length of time an application is valid for varies by state, so absentee voters should check with the state they plan to vote in for this information.

Most states require voters to be registered to cast absentee ballots.

Voters must follow any additional state laws to cast absentee ballots, such as voter identification laws.

Servicemembers and their Family members in the Fort McCoy community who have questions about their legal state voting residences can call the Installation Legal Office, building 1644, at telephone 608-388-2165.

For more information about federal voting procedures, visit the website www.fvap.gov.

For information about voting in Wisconsin, visit the website www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/faq_wisconsin_voting_elections.html.

For more information about voting issues, including absentee ballots, in the Fort McCoy community contact Ronald Weiss, Fort McCoy VAO by telephone, at 608-388-4851 or by e-mail at ronald.r.weiss2.civ@mail.mil or Perry at 608-388-4889 or lisa.perry2@us.army.mil.

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