> Complete a Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot > Puerto Rico
If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, you can still vote by using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
In order to be eligible to use this back-up ballot, you must:
Puerto Rico allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special, run-off, and general elections for Federal office.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Puerto Rico does not allow you to use this form
for registration. Do not check the regsitration box.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Both your paternal and maternal surnames are
required. Otherwise, provide your full name as it appears on
file at the State Elections Commission.
Block 4: Date of Birth
Enter your valid Puerto Rico Driver's License number, the
last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your
voter registration number.
Block 5: It is highly recommended that you provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Puerto Rico
voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block
9. This address must be within the town where you claim
legal voting residence.
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide your father's and mother's first names. The witness or certifying officer who signs the Affirmation must state here - “I certify that [voter] is a [member of the U.S. Army, student at XX University, etc., whichever is applicable].”
Affirmation: Sign and date. There is no notary requirement
on elections for Federal offices.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
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Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
You must mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to:
Absentee Voting Administrative Board State Elections Commission
PO Box 192359
San Juan, PR 00919-2359
More Information on Puerto Rico's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Puerto Rico Elections Commission website
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Last updated: 09.18.2013