Creating Envelopes to Mail Election Materials

Guidelines for Election Mail

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the backup Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), acknowledgement cards, and other election materials can all be sent postage paid via First-Class Mail to citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). For specific guidelines for preparing ballot materials, review Section 703.8.0 of the USPS Domestic Mail Manual or the USPS Election Officials' Mailing Resource Site.

Envelope Design and Printing

Follow these USPS guidelines when designing and printing your absentee balloting envelopes for UOCAVA voters:

  • Use black ink on white paper
  • Place Facing Identification Marks at the top right-hand corner of the mail piece
  • Place "U.S. Postage Paid 39 USC 3406" in upper right-hand corner. Print "PAR AVION" below
  • Print "Official Absentee Balloting Material First-Class Mail" on front of envelope with "No Postage Necessary in the U.S. Mail DMM 703.8.0" below
  • Use the Official Election Mail Logo

Ballot Transmission Envelope Sample

Use this envelope style to send balloting materials to voters:

Ballot Return Envelope Samples

Use these envelope styles when designing your voter ballot return envelopes. We request that you include your local election office's return address on the front of the envelope. Additionally, there are two samples of the back of the envelope. One is for use when a witness is required and the other is used when no witness is required. Use whichever envelope style your State law requires.

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