Separating from Active Duty

While on active duty, you are covered by The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, their family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for these citizens.

As you transition back to civilian life, you will no longer be covered by the UOCAVA. You and your eligible family members should notify your local election official of your change in voter registration status and update your information to vote locally. You may do this in either one or two easy steps.

If you have voted absentee or locally and are staying in the same voting residence after separation:

  • Step 1: Notify your election official of your change in status and that you will be voting at the poll site in future elections. A sample letter is provided for your convenience.

If you voted absentee or locally and are moving to a new State or county after separation:

  • Step 1: Notify your election official of your change in status and that you will no longer be voting in that jurisdiction. A sample letter is provided for your convenience.
  • Step 2: Complete a National Voter Registration Form to register as a civilian.

Additional information about registering to vote locally can be found on your State/Territory Election websites.

Want to take this information with you? Click the following link and print the fact sheet: Separating from Active Duty: Voter Assistance.