2014 - 2015 Voting Assistance Guide Revision Sheet

Voting Assistance Officers and volunteers should use this document to update the printed copy of the Guide (VAG 14-15) and the 2014 Election Dates Poster (EDP14). Use it also during voting activities (e.g. registration drives, Absentee Voting Weeks) to ensure citizens have the latest information.

 

Changes By State

Front Cover

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/10/2014 Updated Department of State Service Voting Action Officer Contact Information

Email: votinginfo@state.gov
Phone: 202-736-4937
Fax: 202-647-6201
Website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/benefits/voting.html

02/20/2014 Updated Department of State Service Voting Action Officer Contact Information

Email: votinginfo@state.gov
Phone: 202-485-6358
Fax: 202-647-6201
Website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/benefits/voting.html

Chapter 1, How to Vote Absentee

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/10/2014 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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04/16/2014 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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04/18/2014 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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Chapter 2, Absentee Voting Procedures By State and Territory

Alabama

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/20/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 03, 2014

02/20/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

July 15, 2014

04/01/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 03, 2014

04/01/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

July 15, 2014

04/01/2014 State Primary - Ballot Return

Postmarked byJune 03, 2014

04/01/2014 General Election - Ballot Return

Postmarked byNovember 04, 2014

04/01/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 03, 2014

04/01/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

July 15, 2014

04/01/2014 Important Information

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for the current calendar year unless you specify an earlier expiration date. You should submit a new one every time your address changes or every year.

04/01/2014 Important Information

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail only or commercial delivery company service only.

04/01/2014 Important Information

What must I do to use a FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

To use a FWAB, you must be registered and have previously requested your absentee ballot. You may then use the FWAB if you have concerns about timely submission of your voted absentee ballot. The FWAB may be used to vote for Federal, State and county offices and any proposed constitutional amendments or local referendum.

04/01/2014 Important Information

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

The Secretary of State's office posts on its website www.sos.state.al.us the certified list of candidates participating in elections for Federal and State offices as well as any proposed constitutional amendments.

04/01/2014 Registering Absentee - Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal, State and county elections held during the current calendar year.

04/01/2014 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

If you do not wish to receive ballots through the end of the current calendar year, provide an earlier expiration here.

04/01/2014 Voted Ballot Return - Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than the day of the election and received by the local election official by noon seven days after the election.

Voted ballots must be returned by mail or commercial delivery company service.

Voted ballots must be sworn before two witnesses, aged 18 or older.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

04/01/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Alabama allows you to use Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in all Federal, State and county offices and for proposed constitutional amendments and local referendum. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

04/01/2014 Voter Registration - Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal office in any Federal election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.sos.alabama.gov. 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.

04/01/2014 Registering Absentee - Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal, State and county offices and for proposed constitutional amendments and local referendums held during the current calendar year.

04/01/2014 Important Information

What must I do to use a FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

To use a FWAB, you must be registered and have previously requested your absentee ballot. You may then use the FWAB if you have concerns about timely submission of your voted absentee ballot. The FWAB may be used to vote for Federal, State and county offices and any proposed constitutional amendments or local referendums.

04/01/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Alabama allows you to use Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in all Federal, State and county offices and for proposed constitutional amendments and local referendums. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

04/02/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 03, 2014

04/02/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

July 15, 2014

04/02/2014 State Primary - Ballot Return

Received by12 PM June 10, 2014

04/02/2014 General Election - Ballot Return

Received by12 PM November 12, 2014

Arizona

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/31/2014 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

Designate a shorter or longer period for which you want to receive ballots, up to through the next two general elections. If you do not specify the time period, you will receive ballots through the next general election. Alternatively, you may request an early ballot online at www.azsos.gov.

If you are not registered to vote in Arizona, or if you are registered and move to a different Arizona county, you must provide ONE of the following for proof of citizenship or your FPCA will be rejected:

  • Arizona Driver's License number or Non-Operating Identification License number issued after October 1, 1996

  • Alien Registration number from Certificate of Naturalization

  • Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number or Tribal Enrollment Number

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name

  • A legible photocopy of pertinent pages of a U.S. passport identifying the applicant

  • A legible photocopy of a Driver's License or Non-Operating License from another State within the U.S. if the license indicates proof of citizenship

  • A legible photocopy of a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal/ Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of birth

If you need to include a photocopy, mail or fax it along with your FPCA to your election official. Do not send original documents. Photocopies will not be returned to you.

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this application.

01/31/2014 FWAB Block - Block 9 - Additional Information

If you are using this form to register to vote in Arizona, or if you are registered and move to a different Arizona county, you must provide ONE of the following for proof of citizenship or your FWAB will be rejected:

  • Arizona Driver's License number or Non-Operating Identification License number issued after October 1, 1996

  • Alien Registration Number from Certificate of Naturalization

  • Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number or Tribal Enrollment Number

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name

  • A legible photocopy of pertinent pages of a U.S. passport identifying the applicant

  • A legible photocopy of a Driver's License or Non-Operating License from another State within the U.S. if the license indicates proof of citizenship

  • A legible photocopy of a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal/ Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of birth

If you need to include a photocopy, mail or fax it along with your FWAB to your local election official. Do not send original documents. Photocopies will not be returned to you.

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Arkansas

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/05/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Arkansas allows you to use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to vote in primary, special, run-off and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate issues. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

02/05/2014 Voter Registration - Vote your FWAB

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx.

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.

02/05/2014 FWAB Block - Block 4 - Date of Birth

Date of birth.

Social Security number not required.

02/05/2014 FWAB Block - Block 4 - ID Type

Race is requested but not required. Enter the choice that best describes you.

04/01/2014 Important Information

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for one regularly scheduled general election cycle. You should submit a new one every time your address changes or every two years.

Colorado

Change Date Section Updated Change
03/12/2014 Important Information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may also register to vote online at www.GoVoteColorado.com using your State Driver's License or ID card number.

03/12/2014 Important Information

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

Colorado allows you to use the FWAB for registration and voting in Federal, State and local general, special or primary elections, or any other election coordinated by the County Clerk and Recorder. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

If you have not registered to vote, please carefully review the section “How and where to submit my FWAB” for complete instructions.

Connecticut

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/17/2014 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

In addition to mailing a regular ballot, Connecticut provides a State Special Blank Write-In Absentee Ballot up to 90 days before the election to Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members unable to vote in the regular absentee voting process due to military contingencies. This ballot allows you to vote for local, State and Federal offices. To request it, write in Block 9: “Due to military contingencies, I am unable to follow the regular absentee ballot application process. I request a special write-in absentee ballot.”

Provide any information that may assist the city or town elections official in accepting this application.

Florida

Change Date Section Updated Change
03/07/2014 State Primary Election Date

August 26, 2014

03/07/2014 CD 19 Special Primary - Ballot Request

By mailApril 16, 2014

03/07/2014 CD 19 Special Primary - Ballot Return

Postmarked byApril 22, 2014

03/07/2014 CD 19 Special General - Ballot Request

By mailJune 18, 2014

03/07/2014 CD 19 Special General - Ballot Request

By fax/emailJune 24, 2014

03/07/2014 CD 19 Special General - Ballot Return

Postmarked byJune 24, 2014

03/10/2014 State Primary Election Date

August 26, 2014

03/10/2014 CD 19 Special Primary Election Date

April 22, 2014

03/10/2014 CD 19 Special General Election Date

June 24, 2014

Kansas

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/20/2014 State Primary Election Date

August 05, 2014

02/20/2014 State Primary Election Date

August 05, 2014

Maryland

Change Date Section Updated Change
03/06/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 24, 2014

03/06/2014 State Primary - Registration

Register byJune 03, 2014

Massachusetts

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/25/2014 State Primary - Ballot Request

12 PM September 08, 2014

02/25/2014 State Primary - Ballot Return

08 PM September 09, 2014

Nebraska

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/05/2014 Registration Type - Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

U.S. citizens of voting age who have never resided in the U.S. but have a parent who is eligible to vote in Nebraska, and have not registered to vote in any other State of the U.S., are eligible to register to vote in one county in which either of their parents claimed residence (for local, State, and Federal office ballots). The citizen must include with the registration a signed form provided by the Nebraska Election Commissioner or local election office.

New Mexico

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/09/2014 Important Information

How can I submit my FPCA?

New Mexico allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you submit your FPCA by email or fax, you must also mail the form.

04/09/2014 Important Information

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

You may return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax. If you submit your voted ballot or FWAB by email or fax, you must also submit it by mail.

04/16/2014 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (mail)

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

New Mexico allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the ballot directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send the ballot as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, voter Declaration/ Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx or at the end of this section.

If you choose to fax your FWAB, it is recommended that you fax the ballot directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx or at the end of this section.

Include ballot, Voter Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FWAB toll-free; use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

New York

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/15/2014 Updated Important Information

How can I submit my FPCA?

New York allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to email or fax your form, you must also mail the original signed FPCA directly to your local election office and it must be received by the ballot receipt deadline.

04/15/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (email)

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section and at http://www.elections.ny.gov. After emailing your form, you must also mail it directly to your local election office. The original signed FPCA must be received by your local election official before the ballot receipt deadline.

04/15/2014 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (mail)

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

The FWAB must be returned by mail.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your county elections official.

04/16/2014 FWAB Block - Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

North Carolina

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/27/2014 FPCA Block - Block 2 - Party Affiliation

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you are a registered non-partisan or unaffiliated, you must indicate which party ballot you want to receive. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

03/07/2014 State Primary Runoff - Registration

May 05, 2014

03/07/2014 State Primary Runoff - Ballot Request

July 14, 2014

03/07/2014 State Primary Runoff - Ballot Return

By fax/emailJuly 15, 2014

03/07/2014 State Primary Runoff - Ballot Return

Return by mail: received byJuly 24, 2014

03/07/2014 State Primary Election Date

May 06, 2014

03/07/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

July 15, 2014

04/15/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (email)

If you choose to email, email the signed, scanned form directly to UOCAVA.ABSENTEE@sboe.state.nc.us or your local election official. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or the North Carolina State Election website. You may also use the Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) by sending the form as an attachment to ets@fvap.gov.

04/15/2014 Voted Ballot Return - Voting your ballot

Voted ballots sent by email or fax must be received by the local election office by the close of polls on Election Day. Voted ballots sent by mail for a general election can be received up to 10 days after Election Day. Voted ballots sent by mail for other elections (i.e, primary) can be received up to 7 days after Election Day .

The oath on the ballot return envelope must be signed.

You may return the voted ballot by mail, email, or fax. Use FPCA mail, email or fax instructions under 'How and where to submit Your FPCA.”

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

04/15/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

North Carolina allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for Federal, State and local elections. If you are registered and have requested your absentee ballot, feel free to use the FWAB to vote anytime before an election.

The FWAB may be used to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot as long as it is received no later than 5 pm ET on the day before the election. If received later than that date, then the voter must already be registered and have already requested an absentee ballot.

04/15/2014 FWAB Block - Block 1 - Permitted for Registration

North Carolina does allow you to use this form for registration if it received by the registration deadline.

04/15/2014 FWAB Block - Block 6 - Party Affiliation

Required if using a FWAB to register to vote in primary elections.

04/15/2014 Vote Your Ballot - Vote your FWAB

Vote for any office in a Federal, State or local election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.ncsbe.gov. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. 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.

04/16/2014 FWAB Block - Block 1 - Permitted for Registration

North Carolina allows you to use this form for registration if it received by the registration deadline.

North Dakota

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/16/2014 Updated Important Information

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail, email or fax. You may also choose to use North Dakota's electronic system at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee/.

04/16/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (Fax)

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

04/16/2014 FPCA Submission Method - Follow-up on your FPCA

To find out the status of your absentee ballot request, you may track in online at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/AbsenteeTracker.aspx. Your jurisdiction will contact you if your application is denied.

04/16/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

North Dakota allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a simultaneous absentee ballot request and for voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and ballot questions. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

04/16/2014 FWAB Block - Block 4 - Date of Birth

Date of birth.

04/16/2014 Vote Your Ballot - Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State or local office or ballot question in a general, special or primary election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to https://vip.sos.nd.gov/wheretovote.aspx.

For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. 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.

04/16/2014 Voted Ballot Return - Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be date-stamped before Election Day and received by the local election office before the county canvassing board meets, six days after the election.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

You may vote your ballot using North Dakota's electronic system at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee/. You may return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use FPCA mail, email or fax instructions under “How and Where to Submit Your FPCA.”

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

04/16/2014 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (mail)

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a ballot request form and voted ballot, it must be submitted to the local election office before 11:59 pm on the day before the election.

If using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be received by the local election office by the ballot return deadline. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

North Dakota allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. You may also use North Dakota's electronic system at https://rip.sos.nd.gov/absentee.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the ballot directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send it as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, Voter Declaration/Affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found below. It is recommended that you also submit the FWAB by mail.

If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax it directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found below. Include ballot, Voter's Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free.

To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

04/16/2014 Updated Important Information

How can I submit my FPCA?

By mail, email, or fax. You may also choose to use North Dakota's electronic system at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee/.

04/16/2014 Updated Important Information

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail, email or fax. You may also choose to use North Dakota's electronic system at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee/.

Ohio

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/16/2014 Updated Important Information

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use the FWAB to vote at any time if you have previously registered and requested a ballot or if you submit the FWAB by the registration deadline. The FWAB may be used to vote in Federal, State and local elections.

04/16/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (email)

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to OMV@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov or to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at www.ohiosecretaryofstate.gov/SOS/elections/overseas.aspx or at the end of this section.

04/16/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (Fax)

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at www.ohiosecretaryofstate.gov/SOS/elections/overseas.aspx or at the end of this section. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

04/16/2014 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (mail)

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

The FWAB must be returned by mail.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official.

04/16/2014 FPCA Block - Block 2 - Party Affiliation

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. Voters may also request an “issues only” ballot to vote on ballot questions in primary elections. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

04/17/2014 FPCA Block - Block 2 - Party Affiliation

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections. In Block 9, voters may also request an “issues only” ballot to vote on ballot questions in primary elections.

04/17/2014 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

Fill in the length of time you resided in Ohio immediately before leaving Ohio. Indicate if you are requesting an “issues only” ballot to vote on ballot questions in primary elections. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Oklahoma

Change Date Section Updated Change
03/10/2014 Important Information

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

Fill out, sign, and return an FPCA to your local election office. Be sure to indicate whether your ballot should be mailed, delivered online or faxed to you. FPCAs received by 5 pm the Wednesday preceding the election will be processed and ballots will be mailed, delivered online or faxed as requested on the FPCA.

03/10/2014 Important Information

What must I do to use a FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use the FWAB even if you have not previously applied for an absentee ballot. Upon receipt of a FWAB, you will be registered. If you want to receive absentee ballots for future elections, indicate so in the FWAB Affirmation including how you prefer to receive those ballots (mail, email/online or fax).

03/10/2014 Registering Absentee - Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Registration is not required to apply for absentee ballots. If you are not registered to vote, you will become registered upon submission of a valid Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must still complete the FPCA to request an absentee ballot. The form requests absentee ballots for all Federal elections held through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.

03/10/2014 FPCA Block - Block 6 - Ballot Receipt

Oklahoma allows you to receive the blank ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your fax number or email address in Block 5. Please ensure that this email address does not block or filter emails forwarded from your county election official. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you.

Please note, if you want to receive your blank ballots by email/online, the last four digits of your Social Security number are required for access to the Oklahoma Military and Overseas Ballots Online System. If you do not provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, you will receive your ballots by regular mail or by fax.

03/10/2014 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application. If you do not have a valid Oklahoma Driver's License and/or if you have never been issued a Social Security number please indicate that information in this block.

03/10/2014 FWAB Block - Block 9 - Additional Information

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application. If you do not have a valid Oklahoma Driver's License and/or you have never been issued a Social Security number, please indicate that information in this block.

Puerto Rico

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/05/2014 Important Information

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

Witness is required. Notary is not required.

02/05/2014 FPCA Block - Affirmation

Sign and date. Witness is required (see instruction in Block 9). Notary is not required.

02/05/2014 FWAB Block - Affirmation

Sign and date. Witness is required (see instruction in Block 9). Notary is not required.

02/05/2014 Important Information

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

Witness is required (see Block 9 instruction). Notary is not required.

Rhode Island

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02/05/2014 Important Information

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use a FWAB any time if you have previously requested your absentee ballot. A FWAB may be used in all general, primary and special elections for Federal, State or local offices.

02/05/2014 FWAB Allowed - Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Rhode Island allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special and general elections for local, State and Federal offices. If you have previously requested your absentee ballot, you may use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

South Dakota

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02/05/2014 Important Information

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Any overseas citizen may register and vote in any Federal, State, county, or local election held within South Dakota under the following condition: (1) The overseas citizen, or the spouse or parent of the overseas citizen, was last domiciled in South Dakota immediately prior to departure from the United States (2) an adult child of the overseas citizen has not reached the age of 22.

02/05/2014 Registration Type - Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

American citizen never lived in U.S. Important information question
Any overseas citizen may register and vote in any Federal, State, county, or local election held within South Dakota under the following condition: (1) The overseas citizen, or the spouse or parent of the overseas citizen, was last domiciled in South Dakota immediately prior to departure from the United States (2) an adult child of the overseas citizen has not reached the age of 22.

Texas

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/27/2014 Registering Absentee - Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) permanently registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all Federal elections held through one calendar year of a regularly scheduled general election. If you indicate your return is “uncertain” in Block 1 on the FPCA, your application will serve as a temporary registration for Federal elections only.

If you submit your FPCA by the 20th day before the election, you will receive a full ballot, unless you indicated your return is uncertain. FPCAs received after this date will be issued a ballot for Federal contests only.

03/10/2014 State Primary Election Date

March 04, 2014

03/10/2014 State Primary Runoff Election Date

May 27, 2014

03/10/2014 State Primary Runoff - Ballot Return

Placed in deliveryOutside U.S.07 PM May 27, 2014

Utah

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/29/2014 State Primary Election Date

June 24, 2014

01/29/2014 State Primary - Ballot Request

June 19, 2014

01/29/2014 General Election - Registration

By mailOctober 06, 2014

01/29/2014 General Election - Registration

OnlineOctober 20, 2014

01/29/2014 General Election - Ballot Request

October 30, 2014

Virgin Islands

Change Date Section Updated Change
03/12/2014 Territory Primary Election Date

August 02, 2014

03/12/2014 Territory Primary - Registration

July 02, 2014

03/12/2014 Territory Primary - Ballot Request

July 18, 2014

03/12/2014 General Election - Registration

October 05, 2014

03/12/2014 General Election - Ballot Request

October 21, 2014

04/11/2014 Territory Primary - Ballot Return

Received byAugust 12, 2014

04/11/2014 General Election - Ballot Return

Postmarked byNovember 04, 2014

04/11/2014 General Election - Ballot Return

Received byNovember 14, 2014

West Virginia

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02/05/2014 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (Fax)

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your county elections official. Fax numbers and email addresses can be found at the end of this section. Include ballot, voter Declaration/ Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Chapter 3, Guide for Voting Assistance Officers

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04/10/2014 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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04/16/2014 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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04/18/2014 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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Appendix