Kadena offers service members voting assistance

Kadena offers service members voting assistance

by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen, 18th Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Kadena will be offering voting assistance to service members stationed here.

In order to vote from Kadena by absentee ballot, registration needs to be completed or an update to the voter's address will need to be done through the voter's home county voter registration office.

This can be done through the use of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form, which is provided on the website.

The link to access this form is below:
https://www.fvap.gov/

According to Capt. Derek Ebeling, Kadena Installation Voting Assistance Officer, the process is not too challenging for voters.

FVAP.gov provides the easiest way to register by using either your state's online tools, where available, or by using FVAP's Online Assistant.  FVAP's Online Assistant guides voters through the process of filling out a FPCA, finding the voter's county registrar's address, and then printing a ready-made postage paid envelope.

Once the FPCA form is filled out, it needs to be mailed to the respective county voting representative or taken to a Unit Voting Assistance Officer (UVAO). The UVAO also maintains hard copies of the FPCA and can walk service members and their dependents through the entire process.

In the event that an absentee ballot cannot be obtained in time for voting, the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) can be used. This is much like a write-in ballot stateside.  Again, the UVAO can walk the voter through this process.

Provided with these options, it is advisable that unit voting representatives are consulted with any questions. They can be found at the following link: https://kadena.eis.pacaf.af.mil/18WG/programs/VAO/Pages/How-to-Vote.aspx

Election dates can be found at the following link:
https://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag/appendix/state-elections

For additional information, visit: https://kadena.eis.pacaf.af.mil/18WG/programs/VAO/SitePages/Home.aspx

Or email: vote.kadena@us.af.mil

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