As the 2016 voting season kicks off in November, Soldiers and their Families need to remember that their voice counts. Many Soldiers do not vote because they feel their votes don’t matter or that they’ve missed the registration deadline.

The Installation Voting Assistance Office is here to tell them otherwise.

“Many Soldiers feel it’s too late to register, or that their votes don’t count because the number feels small,” said Judith Higgs, installation voting assistance officer. “Whenever I hear this, I recommend they contact their unit voting assistance officer, or visit www.Fvap.gov to check on registration deadlines. Or, they can just stop in and see me.”

Higgs feels that for the most part, Soldiers are enthusiastic about voting in the upcoming 2016 presidential election and local elections for their respective states. Many Soldiers understand that absentee voting works, said Higgs, because they understand elections are won locally.

Soldiers can register by:

1. Visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov to register and request an absentee ballot for 2016 Elections.

2. Contacting their unit voting assistance officer

3. Stopping by the Installation Voting Assistance Office, Soldier Support Center, Room 1-G-17. The Office is open Monday through Friday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. Their telephone is 396-4612.

Personnel who want to vote in the upcoming N.C. local elections in October-November, should visit www.ncsboe.gov about registration/deadline requirements for their respective counties. 

The Installation Voting Assistance Office is here to provide information and guidance and covers the local board of elections offices of surrounding counties including Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Hoke, Moore, Robeson, Richmond, and Scotland.

Registration is ongoing year round and varies from state to state, but as a rule a thumb, Jan. 15 of the election year is the deadline to distribute the Federal Post Card Application (SF 76), which is the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request for military personnel.