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    Voting assistance officers here to help Marines

    Voting assistance officers here to help Marines

    Photo By Sgt. Rebecca Eller | A Marine holds a Federal Post Card Application Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CA, UNITED STATES

    08.29.2012

    Story by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller 

    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Nov. 6 is a day most people have marked on their calendar; Election Day is approaching and many Marines may not be aware on how to cast their vote.

    The first step Marines could take is to check-in with their voting assistance officer. There is a voting assistance officer assigned to each unit that will provide service members with a federal postcard application to register to vote.

    If a Marine is already registered to vote, they will receive their write-in ballot, an absentee ballot, in the mail to cast their vote. However, if the absentee ballot has not arrived within 30 days of the election, the voting assistance officers can provide them.

    “You can also go online and can pull up the forms,” said John Cousins, the deputy manpower officer for MCAS Miramar, Calif. “Go online to fvap.gov and it tells you everything. It’s so user friendly. It’s unbelievable. It’s not like the days before when you had to go see a voting officer, so they could explain it to you. Now you go online and bang, it’s there.”

    Voting is important, because it could directly affect service members, explained Cousins.

    “We fight for the right to be able to have the democracy,” said Cousins. “We should exercise that right. If your congressman is not pro-military, and they’re attacking your pay and benefits, you want to have a say in that. That’s why it’s important to vote, that way your voice can be heard.”

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    Date Taken: 08.29.2012
    Date Posted: 08.29.2012 17:11
    Story ID: 93992
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, CA, US 

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