For those living overseas, the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Ramstein Air Base is ready to assist service members, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens cast their votes for any United States election.
A November 2017 Air Force guidance memorandum to AFI 36-3107 realigned the responsibilities of the Air Force Voting Assistance Program to the A&FRC. After the guidance was released, Ms. Kathy Keane of the 86th Force Support Squadron was appointed as the Installation Voting Assistance Officer for Ramstein Air Base. She and the other voting assistance officers in the A&FRC are now overseeing the Air Force Voting Assistance Program on base.
The Air Force Voting Assistance Program ensures Airmen, their eligible family members and overseas U.S. citizens are aware of their right to vote and ensures that they have the necessary resources to do so. Program representatives assist with voter registration, absentee ballots, providing voting information, and answer various voting questions.
Prior to the guidance memorandum, each unit on base had to assign military members as voting assistance officers. Now they can focus on their primary job without having to juggle this additional duty and the A&FRC staff will help customers who want to register and vote.
“In reality, the change makes sense,” said Kathy Keane, Ramstein Air Base installation voting assistance officer. “The A&FRC is a resource that everyone already knows and someone is always going to be available to help.”
When U.S. citizens move overseas many feel as if their vote no longer counts or they have to jump through too many hoops in order to cast their ballot. It’s not only important to vote but it’s easy to vote, Keane said. Your vote can and will make a difference and the people here at the A&FRC are here to help.
“We as voting representatives are here to walk people through what they need to do,” Keane said. “We’ll be their liaisons to help them register with their state and to answer any voting related question.”
Visit A&FRC’s Air Force Voting Assistance page or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at https://www.fvap.gov/ for more information.