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Vandenberg to support Armed Forces Voters Week

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The 2010 Armed Forces Voters Week begins Monday, June 28.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg Voting Committee is scheduled to set up booths at various locations around the base in support of the 2010 Armed Forces Voters Week beginning June 28 through July 7.

"The Vandenberg Voting Committee is dedicated to aiding registered voters and educating those who have yet to participate in the voting process by providing them with the needed materials and information so they, too, can have their voice heard in the upcoming elections," said Master Sgt. Michael Young, a member of the base's voting committee. "The committee will have tables set up throughout the Armed Forces Voter Week at large population centers on base with motivated and trained Airmen ready to assist people with questions and registration."

Booths will be set at the next wing run, Commissary, Breakers Dining Facility and other key locations.

"The focus of this event is to help our out-of-state voters register to vote," said Maj. Ian Rybczynski, the Installation Voting Assistance Officer.

Vandenberg has assigned unit voting assistance officers base-wide to assist all members of the Department of Defense, and their dependents with local, state and federal elections by 100 percent one-on-one contact.

"All Vandenberg units have an UVAO, which is the key contact for any members with voting questions," said Major Rybczynski. "UVAOs will help members better understand how to register in their home state as an absentee voter as well as help answer other questions regarding the voting process. There is no reason to be unsure of how to be an absentee voter because Vandenberg's UVAOs are a great resource for any member who wants to vote but doesn't understand how to."

Members of the Armed Forces on active duty and their voting-age dependents may register to vote by absentee ballot in their home state through the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act, a federal law designed to standardize and simplify the voter registration process for eligible voters.

"The Air Force has a great program to help military voters and their dependents understand their voting rights," Major Rybczynski said. "UVAOs are available to assist, but if people prefer web-based information for convenience, they can go to www.fvap.gov (the official Federal Voting Assistance Program website). The focus of this website is to assist all uniformed service members and their voting age dependants. This is a great resource that is constantly being updated with the most accurate voting information available."

In less than six months, U.S. voters will elect 36 senators, 435 representatives, and thousands of state and local offices.

"We have already seen an early trend in 2010 that voter support for incumbents hasn't been very strong and many experts are predicting big changes in the 2010 election," Major Rybczynski said. "Registering to vote now is how absentee voters ensure they have their say in any changes that occur in the federal government and (or) their home state."

Vandenberg's Armed Forces Voting Week booth schedule:

Location: Breakers Dining Facility
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Monday, June 28

Location: Pacific Coast Club and Base Exchange
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 29

Location: Wing Run
Time: 6:45 - 8:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, June 30

Location: Library and Base Exchange
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, June 30

Location: Commissary and Base Exchange
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Thursday, July 1

Location: 30th Space Wing Headquarters Building and Base Exchange
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: Friday, July 6