UVAOs are armed with knowledge, ready to serve

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Britton London, executive officer, USAG-HI, speaks to future UVAOs during the Federal Voting Assistance Program Workshop, March 15. The training enables unit-level assistance for Soldiers to apply for, complete and cast absentee ballots.

Lt. Col. Britton London, executive officer, USAG-HI, speaks to future UVAOs during the Federal Voting Assistance Program Workshop, March 15. The training enables unit-level assistance for Soldiers to apply for, complete and cast absentee ballots.

Story and photo by Angie Dizon
Installation Voting Assistance Officer
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 170 unit voting assistance officers (UVAOs) participated in a Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) workshop, March 15, facilitated by Kenneth Warford, Department of Defense deputy director, FVAP.

The training focused on the Uniformed Overseas and Citizens Voting Act, which is the legal authority for service members and civilian federal employees serving away from their home jurisdiction and overseas family members.

The workshop gave UVAOs the knowledge to provide voter registration guidance and to process Federal Post Cards Applications and the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots

Lt. Col. Britton T. London Sr., executive officer, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, provided inspiring remarks at the openings of the two sessions. He emphasized the privilege and responsibility of each citizen to participate in the election process.

“The role of the UVAOs is of the utmost importance during the election season,” London said. “Voting is what gives American citizens their voice, and the UVAOs will help Soldiers have that voice heard.”

Now armed and ready to provide voter registration information and materials, UVAOs are available to assist all who are eligible to register and vote.

Voting is a right and a privilege, so be accounted for. Let’s vote, America!

Time Off to Vote

The federal government has a longstanding policy of granting employees excused absence from work to vote in elections when the polls are not open at least 3 hours either before or after an employee’s regular work schedule, as long as it does not interfere with operations. When employees are granted excused absence, the general rule is they may be permitted to report for work three hours after the polls open or leave work three hours before the polls close, whichever involves less time away from work.

The remaining election dates this year follow.

  • March 26Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus: the Republican Presidential Caucus was March 8.
  • Aug. 13 – State Primary: Hawaii is voting for a senator and two representatives.
  • Nov. 8 – General Election Day: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, see your unit’s UVAO or visit the Schofield Barracks Installation Voting Assistance Office in the Soldiers Support Center (Bldg. 750, Room 102), call 655-5546, or visit www.fvap.gov/.

 

 

 

 

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