Election Forms and Materials


FVAP is responsible for prescribing two forms that assist voters with the absentee voting process, regardless of their State of residence. These forms were amended in 2017 to clarify their usage and requirements after a series of usability studies. The resulting changes to these forms reflect many of the best practices employed by State and local election officials. Below is a description of these forms and their primary purpose. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader when downloading the forms.

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens can use the FPCA to both register to vote and request their absentee ballots. FVAP.gov offers an FPCA online assistant that guides users through the form-completion process, as well as, a fillable PDF form of the FPCA for download.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

The FWAB serves as a backup ballot if the voter does not receive the requested absentee ballot in time. FVAP.gov offers a FWAB online assistant that guides users through the form-completion process, as well as, a fillable PDF form of the FWAB for download.

National Mail Voter Registration Form (NVRF)

The NVRF can be used by Service members, their eligible family members, and DoD contractors who are not absent from their voting jurisdiction. All U.S. citizens, including those previously mentioned, can use this form to register to vote, update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or register with a political party. The NVRF form is maintained by the Election Assistance Commission.


Voters can mail election materials postage-free using the below return envelope. The security envelope is what the voter should seal their completed ballot or FWAB in to return to the election official. Use these templates and your own blank envelopes to print the appropriate return labels.

Standard U.S. Envelope Size (#10)

Standard Europe Envelope Size (C4)


The Primary Election Calendar shows all upcoming elections.

DoD Fax Service Transmission Cover Sheet

When faxing election materials, always use this sheet to help protect the privacy of the materials.

DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides the DoD Fax Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.