SEOUL, South Korea (Jan. 9, 2012) -- The Army Voting Assistance Program is designed to make registration, voting information, materials and assistance readily available to all eligible Army voters. The program seeks to educate eligible voters about the importance of voting and provide every opportunity to register.

"2012 is a crucial year for the nation as a whole, especially in our military community. Exercise your right as a Soldier and vote," said Lt. Col. Rajesh Lobrecht, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command deputy G-1, voting assistance officer.

January 2012 is an important month for military and overseas voters because it marks the beginning of a new year and due to recent changes to federal and state laws, service members overseas are now encouraged to complete registration every year.

"I have always voted in the past, but this is the first time I will cast an absentee ballot," said Spc. Tabatha Mazyck, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

Registering is easy. Potential voters can go to and click on 'service member or family of a service member.' The next screen will require votes to pick a home state to get specific information regarding absentee voting in that state.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program website has a 'frequently asked question' section that can help guide first-time users of the site.

"Remember, every vote counts. See your unit voting assistance officer for more details. Don't let this opportunity slip by," said Lobrecht.