FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The 2018 mid-term and general elections take place Nov. 6 with campaigns in full swing between now and then for 35 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 House of Representatives seats and 39 state governorships.

Additionally, numerous other state and local municipal issues will be decided by registered voters from their respective areas.

Fort Rucker Soldiers and family members who want to vote in those upcoming elections need to register with their voting officials back home in time to allow this to happen.

That is where this office and the website can help. The Federal Voting Assistance Program 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.

FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the military services, Department of State, Department of Justice and election officials from 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program exists to:

• Assist uniformed services and overseas voters exercise their right to vote so that they have an equal opportunity with the general population to have their vote counted;

• Assist states in complying with relevant federal laws by providing current information; and

• Advocate on behalf of the uniformed services and overseas voters, identifying impediments to their ability to exercise their right to vote and proposing methods to overcome those impediments.

To successfully vote absentee, Soldiers and family members should:

• Allow plenty of time to request, receive and return their ballots;

• Notify their local election official each time their mailing address changes;

• Become familiar with their state's absentee voting deadlines and procedures to make sure their ballot is properly executed and will be counted; and

• Complete a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot early if unsure of the time required to return the ballot to meet the state's deadline.

Remember, registering early is best. Early submission of a Federal Post Card Application allows voting officials time to verify and validate the information submitted to them, then send out the ballot information with time to complete and return the ballot so it can be counted in the Nov. 4 elections.

For more information, call the Fort Rucker Voting Assistance Office 255-1839.