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, training and guidance.

UOCAVA Voting Process

In this section you will find an overview of the UOCAVA absentee voting process and the steps necessary to assist voters covered by UOCAVA.


We created a guided educational trainings for election officials interested in learning more about the UOCAVA absentee voting process. The guided training module covers an introduction and FAQs about the UOCAVA absentee voting process.

Outreach Materials

We have created a variety of outreach materials that your office may find helpful in its own efforts to inform and communicate with UOCAVA citizens from your jurisdiction. These materials include a communications toolkit specifically for election officials, infographics, fact sheets, and videos . You are welcome to publish the materials on your own communication channels.

Voter Alerts

As an election official, you can subscribe to alerts that we send voters to inform them of election dates, important deadlines, changes to State laws that could affect them and other important absentee voting information.

Grant Program

In 2011, and again in 2013, we offered research grants to States and localities to research improving services provided 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 military and overseas voters.