Can You Vote Absentee?
In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:
- A citizen of the United States on the date of the election in which you wish to vote
- At least 18 years old on Election Day. (Some States allow 17-year olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 on or before the general election.)
The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:
- An active duty member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine or Activated National Guard
- A family member (spouse or dependent)
- A U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.
Federal Election Deadlines
|Registration||Ballot Request||Ballot Return|
|State Primary August 5, 2014||
July 9, 2014*
July 30, 2014
Return by mail: postmarked by 12:01 AM CT, August 5, 2014
Return by mail: received by 12 PM CT, August 8, 2014
Return by email/fax: received by** 7 PM CT, August 5, 2014
| General Election
November 4, 2014
October 8, 2014*
October 29, 2014
Return by mail: postmarked by 12:01 AM CT, November 4, 2014
Return by mail: received by 12 PM CT, November 7, 2014
Return by email/fax: received by** 7 PM CT, November 4, 2014
Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.
*The registration deadline for UOCAVA voters using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is 5 pm CT the day before Election Day.
**Only hostile pay zone voters may return their ballots by email or fax.
Register to Vote, Request a Ballot, or Update My Voter Info
You must register and request an absentee ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local election office.
Download fillable FPCA