For Election Officials

These resources provide State and local election officials with the information and tools needed to assist voters covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). UOCAVA citizens are absent U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marines, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) supports UOCAVA citizens and election officials by providing necessary absentee voting forms, materials and training guidance.

UOCAVA Voting Process

In this section you will find an overview of the UOCAVA voting process, detailing the steps necessary to work with absentee voters, to include creating, mailing and processing absentee voting materials.

Training and Reference

FVAP has created a series of educational and reference materials for election officials interested in learning more about the UOCAVA absentee voting process. The guided training module covers an introduction to the UOCAVA absentee voting process, the FAQs answer some of the more frequently asked questions about UOCAVA voting and there are also FPCA/FWAB State specific worksheets that election officials can complete as a quick reference guide of key deadlines and information about the UOCAVA voting process.

Voting Alerts

As a local election official, you can subscribe to receive voting alerts that are sent to keep voters informed about election dates, important deadlines, changes to State laws that affect how voters may request and cast their ballots, and other crucial absentee voting information.

Grant Program

In 2011 and again in 2013, FVAP offered grants to States and localities to research improving services to military and overseas voters.  The resulting data from the grant program will help to identify and improve the true nature of the entire voting experience for uniformed and overseas voters.