The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires absentee ballots be sent to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before a federal election. One of the biggest factors in the military and overseas voting process is the timely delivery of election materials to the correct address. Election officials and voters should be aware of the latest USPS guidelines and delivery windows to ensure that blank ballots are delivered to the voter and that completed ballots are delivered to their election official on time. FVAP encourages election officials to review the USPS State and Local Election Mail - User's Guide and the USPS Election Officials' Mailing Resource Site for current information on election mailing.
To help election officials manage this deadline, we have produced information on resources available and specific guidelines for mailing, faxing and emailing absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters.
- Creating Envelopes to Mail Election Materials - Includes guidelines for election mail, envelope design and printing, and envelope samples
- Preparing Election Materials to be Mailed - Includes postage-paid indicia templates and postal tag for election materials
- Mail Guidelines - Includes general mailing instructions for Military and Overseas Citizen Voters
- Expedited Mail Options - Includes information on expedited mail options for overseas addresses
- Faxing and Email Guidelines - Includes general faxing and emailing instructions and Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) guidelines