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Peterson Space Observer

Don’t be absent with your ballot

Robb Lingley

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The Installation Voter Assistance Office at the Airman & Family Readiness Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is here to help Airmen exercise their right to vote. Soon all units will also have Unit Voting Assistance Officers.

The IVAO/UVAO can assist Airmen with registering, requesting an absentee ballot, and notifying local election officials in their home state of a change of address.

“We assist people with voting who aren’t living in their home state,” said Christina Fornander, Peterson AFB’s IVAO. “We have all the forms necessary to register and vote. We can also help them if they’re having issues with the Federal Voting Assistance Program.”

If you haven’t registered to vote on yet, you may still have the chance to vote. You will need to check your state’s voting rules on or visit an IVAO/UVAO. Many states will still allow you to register and use a Federal Write-In Ballot to cast your vote.

“All registered FVAP users, or those military members that requested a ballot directly from their state, should have received their voting ballet by now,” said Fornander. “If you received your ballot, it should be on its way back to your home state. If you haven’t mailed your ballot, return your ballot as soon as possible. For those members that have not received their ballot, fill out and send in a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot today. This is available and easiest on or visit the IVAO.”

FVAP works to ensure service members, their eligible family members and overseas U.S. citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere around the world.

“We inform Airmen at Peterson AFB when they deploy or move, to put in a change of address and register to vote,” said Fornander. “We also remind them of cut-off dates for mailing an absentee ballots, as this varies state to state.”

The Peterson AFB IVAO can be reached by calling 719-556- 6141 or visiting the A&FRC at bldg. 350, room 1203.

Don’t be absent with your ballot
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