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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
7 PM, August 5, 2014**
General Election
November 4, 2014
October 8, 2014*
October 29, 2014
8 PM, November 4, 2014**

These are not mailing deadlines. 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 the fourth Tuesday prior to the election.

** Beginning July 1, 2014, UOCAVA voters in Missouri must postmark their mailed absentee ballots no later than 12:01 am the day of the election and the ballot must be received by 12:00 pm (noon) the Friday following the election.

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

Get My Ballot

If you have registered and requested an absentee ballot by the request deadline, you may you may use the Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB).

Download fillable FWAB

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.