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Honor the past, support the future — vote in upcoming elections

As the Army’s senior service voting representative, I remind you that the 2010 General Election is Nov. 2. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and one of our most fundamental constitutional rights.

The Secretary of Defense designated the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 as Absentee Voters Week. During this week, all Soldiers, civilians, and eligible family members are reminded that it is imperative you complete and send in your absentee ballot immediately to ensure it is received by your local election officials no later than 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 and send it to your local election official. If you receive your regular absentee ballot after completing the FWAB, also complete and send it for processing as local election officials will ensure only one ballot is counted.

The 2010 General Election is quickly approaching so please don’t wait until the last minute. If you choose to vote, complete and return your ballot to your state election office prior to the state’s established deadline.Mailing guidelines differ from state to state; therefore, we recommend you check your state’s guidelines by contacting your unit voting assistance officer or by visiting the Army Voting Assistance Program website at www.vote.army.mil.

Information on absentee voting may also be obtained by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov.

To contact the Voting Assistance officer at Fort Benning, call Mr. Richard Madden at 545-5655 or visit their office in Building 2620, 7221 Mullins Avenue.

Go to www.army.mil for more information.

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