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Upcoming Elections

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Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from the District of Columbia (the District) in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online 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. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I vote in the District?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in the District of Columbia is eligible to vote in District of Columbia .

I am a National Guardsman activated on District orders; does my District afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://www.dcboe.org/voter_info/absentee_ballot/ab_status.asp

Does the District have any online tools?

You can see if the District has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/district-of-columbia

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following sections of the FPCA

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a District issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or District-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a District issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or District-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Email your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FPCA if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from the District it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the District absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. If you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, you may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal and local elections, including ballot measures.

Complete the following sections of the FWAB's voter information page

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a District issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or District-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide either a District issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or District-issued ID number."

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fold along the dotted line and seal the completed Official Backup Ballot, do not write on the Official Ballot envelope. Insert the sealed Official Ballot envelope and the Voter Information page into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Scan the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet into your computer. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this ballot package directly to your election official.

Fax your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fax the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet directly to your election official. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FWAB toll-free if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for all

All Mailing Address
All The District of Columbia Board of Elections
1015 Half Street SE, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 727-2525
Fax: (202) 347-2648