Air Force officials recently released guidance that streamlines the organizational structure and functions of the Air Force Voting Assistance Program. A November 2017 Air Force guidance memorandum realigned the program under installation Airman and Family Readiness Centers, thereby eliminating voting assistance officers as an additional duty at Air Force units. The move is part of an Air Force-wide effort to reduce Airmen’s additional duties so they can more effectively focus on their core missions.
The Air Force Voting Assistance Program ensures Airmen, their eligible family members and overseas U.S. citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the necessary tools and resources to do so worldwide. Program representatives assist with voter registration and absentee ballots, coordinate voting awareness campaigns and answer various voting questions.
“Having the Voting Assistance Program knowledge base located at the Airman and Family Readiness Centers makes it more convenient for Airmen to get the information they need since they already attend mandatory arrival and departure briefings there,” said Kelly Weakly, Air Force Voting Assistance Operations Program manager at the Air Force’s Personnel Center.