Yongsan Girl Scouts encourage voters to register
July 2, 2008
<b>YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea</b> - Yongsan area Girl Scouts took the voting message to the streets June 28, encouraging community members to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
"This is an important election for our country and it is important for us to exercise our rights to vote," said Susan Patten, overseas Committee Chair of the USA Girl Scouts-Overseas, Seoul. "The Girl Scouts are here today to get people who are eligible to vote to register and be a voice for the girls because they are not old enough yet."
The Scouts set up a table at the Main Exchange and helped voters complete the Federal Post Card Application, which is the registration and request for absentee ballot.
This also kicked off the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Overseas Voting Registration Week, the first of three non-partisan, voter registration drives that will take place between now and the middle of October. The next is Armed Forces Voters Week Aug. 31 - Sept. 7, followed by Absentee Voting Week Oct. 12-18. The general election is Nov. 4.
"You have to do your part and vote," said Sonya Goodman, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan voting assistance officer. "If you don't vote and don't have a voice, what can you say about the people who are occupying the seats' Everyone needs to vote to make a difference."
Many of those who registered Saturday echoed Goodman's sentiments.
"That is our voice on how we can direct the policies of our country and our leaders," said military spouse Kimberly Fleming. "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about how the country is being led."
"I grew up fighting for the right to vote," said Carl Reed, a Yongsan Main Exchange store associate. "It means something special to me because it means that I have a voice."
<b>How to register to vote</b>
Aca,!Ac Download the Registration and Absentee Ballot Request-Federal Post Card Application (Standard Form 76a) at www.fvap.gov. It is a postage-free postcard, printed and distributed by the Federal Voting Assistance Program for use by absentee voters.
Aca,!Ac Contact your unit voting assistance officer for more personalized assistance.