Absentee Voting Processes for UOCAVA Voters

Primary Elections

Absentee Voters:

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) recommends that all military members and their eligible family members away from their voting jurisdiction, as well as U.S. citizens overseas, send in a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal office elections in 2020.

To register and request your ballot, fill out the FPCA using:
• Easy on-line assistant: fvap.gov/r3/fpca/state
• Fillable PDF: fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf
• Hard-copy version:  Installation Voter Assistance Office at your Airman & Family Readiness Center

The following states have elections in next 30 Days:
** (P) Presidential Primary ** (S) State Primary

April 4: Louisiana (P)
April 7: Wisconsin (P)
April 28: Connecticut (P); Delaware (P); Maryland (P, S); New York (P); Pennsylvania (P, S); Rhode Island(P)

60 Days:
May 5: Indiana (P, S)
May 12: Nebraska (S); North Carolina (State Runoff); West Virginia (P, S)
May 19: Georgia (S); Idaho (S); Kentucky (P, S); Oregon (P, S)
May 26: Texas (State Runoff)

90 Days:
Jun 2: District of Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota (P, S); Iowa (S)
Jun 9: South Carolina, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia (S)
Jun 7: Puerto Rico Republican (P, S)
Jun 23: New York (S), South Carolina (State Runoff)
Jun 30: Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah (S)

Find your state’s primary election dates at:  fvap.gov/guide/appendix/state-elections

For additional information specific to your state candidates, elections and links to your local election offices, visit:  fvap.gov/info/contact

You Can Vote Anywhere in the World!

Did you know when you are in the military you can vote anywhere in the world?     Here are the steps listed below:

Start the process as soon as possible with an FPCA

Most States require you to register to vote to start the absentee voting process. We encourage you use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a form you can use to register to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest that you send in a new FPCA every year and when you move.

The FPCA may be downloaded from the FVAP website at

https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf.

State-specific guidelines for completing the FPCA are available at

https://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag.

Many States allow you to submit your FPCA electronically and all States allow for at least one form of electronic transmission of your blank ballot. Mail delivery times will vary based on where you are and customs requirements. Mail your materials early enough to account for the mail delivery time. Using electronic options can help reduce the ballot transit time for your election materials.

It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world. The FPCA can be completed by using the FPCA online assistant, filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your Voting Assistance Officer.   The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don’t have to worry about finding stamps!

What to do if you do not receive your requested State absentee ballot

If you requested your absentee ballot and haven’t received it from your State at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. This backup ballot can be completed using our FWAB online assistant, by filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your Voting Assistance Officer. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don’t have to worry about finding stamps! Don’t forget a security envelope. (Use a separate blank envelope and write “Security Envelope” on it and place your voted ballot in it. This keeps your vote private.)

For additional information, or to obtain hard copy FPCA forms, please contact the Installation Voting Assistance Office, located in the Airman & Family Readiness Center.  The Installation Voting Assistance Officer is Mr. Jeff Hollinshead, and the Assistant Voting Assistance Officer is Ms. Jo Anne Amundson.   You may also contact your designated Unit Voting Assistance Officers.

The 2020 Election Season Has Begun

*The 2020 Election Season has begun – Register to Vote and Request Your Absentee Ballots at FVAP.gov now for the states below.*

The following states have elections in the next 90 days:

P- Presidential Primary S- State Primary

*_March 2020 – *30 Day Notice: *_*

March 3: Alabama (P, S); Arkansas (P, S); California (P); Colorado (P); Maine (P); Massachusetts (P); Minnesota (P); North Carolina (P, S); Oklahoma (P); Tennessee (P); Texas (P, S), Utah (P); Vermont (P); Virginia (P)

March 10: Idaho (P); Mississippi (P, S); Michigan (P); Missouri (P); Washington (P)

March 17: Arizona (P); Florida (P); Illinois (P, S); Ohio (P, S)

March 24: Georgia (P)

March 29: Puerto Rico (P-Democratic Only)

March 31: Alabama (State Runoff); Arkansas (State Runoff); Mississippi (State Runoff)

*_April 2020 – *60 Day Notice: *_*

April 4: Louisiana (P)

April 7: Wisconsin (P)

April 28: Connecticut (P); Delaware (P); Maryland (P, S); New York (P); Pennsylvania (P, S);Rhode Island(P)

*_May 2020 – *90 Day Notice: *_*

May 5: Indiana (P, S)

May 12: Nebraska (S); North Carolina (State Runoff); West Virginia (P, S)

May 19: Georgia (S); Idaho (S); Kentucky (P, S); Oregon (P, S)

May 26: Texas (State Runoff)

To register and request your ballot, fill out the FPCA using FVAPs easy online assistant (fvap.gov/r3/fpca/state [ https://www.fvap.gov/r3/fpca/state ]). You may also use the fillable PDF (fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf [ https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf ]) or pick up a hardcopy version from a Voting Assistance Officer on your installation or at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulates American Citizen Services Office.

FVAP recommends that all military members and their eligible family members away from their voting jurisdiction, as well as U.S. citizens overseas, send in an FPCA in January to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal office elections in 2020.

Not voting in the states listed above? Find your states primary election dates on the FVAP.gov website (fvap.gov/guide/appendix/state-elections [ https://www.fvap.gov/guide/appendix/state-elections ]). To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP’s contact page (fvap.gov/info/contact [ https://www.fvap.gov/info/contact ]).

If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email (vote@fvap.gov).

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