2022 Armed Forces Voters Week

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  • By James Brady
  • 14th Flying Training Wing, Installation Voting Office

As Americans, we are blessed to have many rights.  Many of our rights didn’t come easy, therefore they must be protected.  One of these rights is the right to vote, and as a uniformed service member, you not only enjoy this right, but you protect it… for yourself and all Americans.  Armed Forces Voters Week runs from 28 June to 4 July this year.  This is the time to ensure you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot for the November election.  This year’s National General Election will be held on 8 November 2022.

  During this election year, military members and their voting-aged dependents living away from their voting residence can easily make absentee voting part of their Fourth of July patriotic festivities.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has all the resources needed to ensure a smooth process for all eligible members covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.  Go to https://www.fvap.gov/ to complete your registration and absentee ballot request by completing the online Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  

  Be sure to complete and send in your voted absentee ballot after you receive it but not later than 27 October 2022, so it can arrive in time to be counted.  If you do not receive your requested absentee ballot by 9 October 2022, you are encouraged to complete and submit the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  You are welcome to drop your completed FPCA, FWAB or absentee ballot off at the Installation Voter Assistance Office (IVAO) located in the Military/Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 1114, and we will gladly mail them for you.

  The IVAO is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and is closed for national holidays and command family days.  We’re here to help you register to vote, request an absentee ballot and notify your election officials of an address change.  We can help you fill in and mail your voting materials.  Contact us at DSN 742-2701, commercial (662) 434-2701 or email vote.columbus@us.af.mil .

  In the event you are unable to contact the IVAO, 24-hour voting assistance is available from the Air Force Total Force Service Center at: DSN 665-0102, Commercial (210) 565-0102 or Toll Free 1-800-525-0102.