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Schriever Sentinel

State leader encourages service members to vote

By Senior Airman Patrice Clarke

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Colorado’s 37th Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, visited here to encourage Team Schriever members to register to vote as part of Armed Forces Voters Week June 29.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program encourages all service members, their voting-age dependents, and overseas civilians who want to vote to register and request their absentee ballot during the week of June 28 — July 7.

Gessler spoke to the wing during the monthly promotion and recognition ceremony.

“I hope and encourage all of you to participate in the remaining state primaries and upcoming general election in November,” said Gessler. “Requesting a ballot has become simpler. Some states, including Colorado, allow you to receive your ballot electronically.”

Randy Saunders, Schriever Voting Assistance Officer, identified avenues for Team Schriever members to register.

“We will be in front of the Satellite Dish Dining Facility during the lunch hour handing out voter registration forms and additional information,” said Saunders. “If you need voting assistance information I’m available during normal duty hours.”

Gessler encouraged all service members to vote because it’s their right.

“George Washington said when we assumed the Soldier we did not lay aside the citizen,” said Gessler. “That was of course, in the days before satellites and airplanes but you get the point. Just because you are a civil servant doesn’t mean you don’t serve in your capacity as a citizen.”

According to FVAP press release, the Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens Voters Week receives priority support from the Secretary of Defense. During this week, voting assistance officers aim for 100 percent contact and availability of Federal Post Card Applications to all personnel and dependents. Emphasis is made on the importance of early action on the part of the voter in order to obtain a ballot for the general election well in advance of state deadlines for registration and ballot requests.

“Make sure you don’t give up the right you are standing here to protect,” said Gessler.

Along with speaking to members of Team Schriever, Gessler also received a short brief on the 50th Space Wing mission.

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