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Be smart, do your part: Vote

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As a nation, we are quickly approaching the point when we all have to make an extraordinarily important decision. On the 4th of November of this year we will go to the polls to elect the next President of the United States. Actually, that is an exaggeration. If recent trends hold true, only about 55 percent of eligible voters will cast their ballots. This year's race is shaping up to be extremely close with some recent national polls showing the major candidates in a statistical dead-heat. Your vote could make a difference. 

Many of us here at Vandenberg are far away from our home districts and cannot cast our ballots in person. Fortunately, as members of the United States Armed Forces, there is a program to help us vote. It is the Federal Voting Assistance Program. As part of this program, Vandenberg will be conducting its Armed Force's Voter Week Aug. 31 through Sept. 7. Representatives of the installation voting program will set up tables at key locations around Vandenberg to help voters register in their home districts to receive an absentee ballot for the November election. We can assist any active duty member of the Armed Forces and their dependent family members. Help will be available no matter what state or territory you are from. Some states even allow electronic transmission of ballot request forms and voted absentee ballots via e-mail or fax. In addition, your unit voting assistance officer can answer your questions. 

Members of the Armed Forces feel the impact of our nation's leaders' decision more than almost any other group in our great country. Register to vote and be a part of the process to elect our next commander-in-chief. Also, keep in mind one important fact: The only wasted vote is a vote that is never cast. 

Follow the link for more voting information.

Armed Forces Voter Week Registration Drive Locations:

Aug. 28, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Vandenberg Parade Ground (after Fit-to-Fight run)

Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Commissary

Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pacific Coast Club

Sept. 3, 3-5 p.m. at the Fitness Center

Sept. 4, 8-10 a.m. at the 381st Training Group lobby

Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Base Exchange

Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Breakers Dining Facility