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Voting officers provide info on program

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Armed Forces Voters Week was June 28-July 7, and many planned events were cancelled due to everyone's collective responses to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Because of this, Team Pete Voting Assistance Officers offer help in understanding how to use the Standard Form 76, Federal Postcard Application; the form used to register to vote and request an absentee ballot from your home state.

First, go to www.fvap.gov .

Click on the "Get Started" box under the picture of the Soldier. This will lead you to a screen that shows a map of the United States. Click your home state. A new screen asks you "What would you like to do?" We suggest you select "Register to Vote and/or Request Ballot." On the next screen, some states will give you two choices. For military voters and their dependents, it's best to choose the tab directing you to FVAP's automated assistant.

To use FVAP's automated assistant to complete and print your voter registration/ballot request form, the website will automatically prompt you for your home state's specific information. Just continue to follow the prompts on the screen from this point on.

Pay attention to the blue icons with a white "i" -- they help clarify information for that field in the SF 76. One more tip, if you're a woman, the form will insist you insert a "Previous Name." If your last name has never changed, simply repeat your last name in the box.

If you make a mistake or leave some information blank, each new screen will remind you to go back and correct it. Once you've completed the form, you're ready to print. Even if your home state allows you to fax or email your form, you still have to print and sign it. After that, you can fax or email, but use the included FVAP fax cover sheet. If you choose to mail your form, you can also print the included FVAP postage paid envelope. Just remember to set your printer setting to a business sized envelope.

Finally, if you need assistance filling out the form, contact your unit voting assistance officer, or contact the Peterson Installation Voting Assistance Officers, Gail Whalen at 556-5543 or Master Sgt. Michelle England at 474-3463.

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