The Ramstein Voting Assistance Office works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
Information on voting is available online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program www.fvap.gov
or at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. (A&FRC) To contact the Ramstein Voting Assistance Office email at KMCvote@us.af.mil
or by phone at 480-8683 (VOTE). The Ramstein Voting Assistance Office is located in the A&FRC building 2120 room 107. Hours of Operation are Mon-Tue-Thu- Fri from 0730-1630 and Wed from 0730-1300.
Per the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), starting with the 2 Nov 2010 general elections, States must send ballots to military voters 45 days before the election, both by traditional mail and at least one means of electronic transmission such as email, fax or online ballot posting.
Some States have even adopted full internet voting for military and overseas civilian voters. The Installation Voting Assistance Officer (IVAO) and Voting Assistance Officers (UVAO’s) are here to help with an array of voter assistance tools.
ABSENTEE VOTER GUIDANCE:
The Department of Defense has taken steps to make absentee voting easier for our military members, their families, and overseas voters (Federal employees working overseas).
What used to be a complicated process of having to check the Voting Assistance Guide for state-specific requirements and deadlines for absentee voting has now been automated. Voters can click on this link https://www.fvap.gov/r3/fpca/state
to fill in the FPCA using a wizard that assists the absentee voter in filling in the form based on their particular state/county of residence.
If voters do not receive their ballot by October 2nd, they should use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a back-up ballot! Similar to the FPCA Wizard, voters can click on this link https://www.fvap.gov/r3/fwab/state
to fill in the FWAB using a wizard that assists the absentee voter in filling in the form, again, based on their particular state and county of residence.
Once completed, the voter then prints out the form, signs, and returns it to their local election official. The wizards produce a PDF package that includes their postage-paid envelope template, security envelope template, instructions to election officials, state-specific information and submission instructions, voter's declaration/affirmation, and write-in ballot pre-populated with the information and candidates the voter entered in the FWAB Wizard. If the State allows faxed returns, the wizard will even prepare a fax cover sheet with the fax number to the local election official.
If voters receive their State ballot after submitting the FWAB, they should vote and return the State ballot as well. The State will only count the FWAB if the State ballot is not received by the deadline.