The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows absent U.S. military citizens and overseas civilian citizens to register and vote by mail ballot in all elections.
UOCAVA provides an official post card form, called the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), containing both an absentee voter registration application and an absentee ballot application.
The Federal Post Card Application is the form that permits UOCAVA citizens to simultaneously register and request absentee ballots in the state or territory where they last resided immediately prior to departing the United States, even if they no longer maintain a residence in that state.
NOTE: BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE - Be sure to provide your current mailing address
If you or a family member have been discharged or separated from the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, or from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States, you may register after the registration deadline for an election until 5 p.m. on the Friday before that election.
If you reside outside the U.S., or you are an absent uniformed services voter, your ballot will be mailed at least 45 days before an election.
If you are an overseas voter, or are an absent uniformed services voter, you may request to receive your ballots by fax or e-mail. Your request must include:
Overseas voters who cannot be reached to deliver an absentee ballot in time for the general election may request a state write-in ballot not earlier than 180 days before an election. Your request must state that due to military or other contingencies that preclude normal mail delivery, you cannot vote an absentee ballot during the normal absentee period.
State write-in ballots will be mailed between 90 and 180 days prior to the general election.
The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is a back-up ballot that may be used for all elections if all of these conditions apply:
1. You are a registered voter, eligible to vote in this election;
2. You are a member of the Uniformed Services or merchant marine on active duty or an eligible spouse or dependent of such a member who is absent from your voting precinct on Election Day, or you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the territorial limits of the U.S;
3. You have requested a regular absentee ballot in time to be received by the state deadline, which is 6 days prior to the election; and
4. You have not received the requested regular ballot.
You may return your voted ballot by mail, courier, or fax. You currently cannot return your ballot via email. Please see administrative rule 1S-2.030 for details about overseas voters requesting and returning ballots. Voted ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. Election Day.
If you are an overseas voter, the Federal portion of your ballot will be counted if the ballot envelope is dated or postmarked not later than the day of the election and received up to 10 days after a general election or presidential primary election.
Ballots that are returned by fax are not included in the late counting of ballots.
Uniformed And Overseas Absentee Voting Act
Registering and Requesting An Absentee Ballot
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Electronic Transmission of Ballots
State Write-In Ballot
Federal Write-In Ballot
Casting Your Ballot
Late Counting of Overseas Ballots