NEWS | Sept. 5, 2012

Tips for absentee voters

By Edward Wigim Joint Base Charleston Installation Voting Assistance

The deadline for military members to request their absentee voting ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2012, general elections is rapidly approaching. Generally, states and territories are required to mail ballots at least 45 days before an election. An absentee ballot is required when service members and their spouses live in a state other than that of their legal residence.

Joint Base Charleston members wanting to vote absentee must submit a Federal Post Card Application SF 76, request for registration or absentee ballot. The electronic form can be completed online at and mailed, faxed or emailed to their local election office. The process of applying for an absentee ballot only takes a few minutes.

If you have not received your ballot 30 days before the election, contact your local election official or a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot SF 186A may be submitted. The FWAB is a backup ballot and is available on-line from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Additional information may be obtained from your Unit Voting Assistance Officer listed below. All other units not listed may contact Edward Wigim at the Installation Voting Assistance Office at 963-6255 or by email

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station
Lt. Paul Chapman

628th Logistics Readiness Squadron
John Adams

628th Security Forces Squadron
Master Sgt. Sabadilla Lloyd

628th Force Support Squadron
Donna Collins

628th Civil Engineer Squadron
Master Sgt. William Lipsett

437th Maintenance Operations Squadron
Master Sgt. Patrick Curnow

437th Operations Support Squadron
Master Sgt. Michael BlairĀ 

437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Master Sgt. Dennis Wells

437th Aerial Port Squadron
Capt. Roy Jefferson

628th Medical Group
Capt. Jennifer Schneller

17th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing
Capt. Amani Evensen

373rd Transportation Squadron
Master Sgt. Amanda Lynch