From Fort Lee Traveller:
Capt. Diana L. Petty illustrated the full meaning of her job when she voted in the Virginia elections on the day she was appointed Nov. 5.
Now serving as the installation’s voting assistance officer, she wants all military members… to support the nation by taking part in every election – local, state and national.
“We all swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” said Petty, who has served 17½ years in the Army. “Because we are wearing this uniform, we take the word ‘defend’ seriously, particularly during this time of war. We also should show our support of the Constitution by voting. It doesn’t take much time out of anyone’s day, and you’re fulfilling your obligation as a citizen and leader.”
The Cleveland native said, “My primary job is to administer the Army Voter Registration and Voter Assistance Program and oversee and train our unit voting assistance officers. Every command must have a voting assistance officer for the first 25 Soldiers and a second one for the next 25 and so on.”
To register to vote in elections, military members should be a U.S. citizen and designate a primary address of residence. For further information on local, state and federal elections, individuals can visit public, non-partisan websites such as FVAP.gov or votesmart.org.
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