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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 your State 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 this State?

No.

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

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/maryland

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 State 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 State 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 State 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 State 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

If you are using the FPCA to register to vote, you must mail the form.

If you are already registered and are using the FPCA to request an absentee ballot, you can mail, email or fax your signed form to your election official. 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 your State it must be returned according to the deadlines provided in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

The State absentee ballot must be mailed to your election official. The address of your election official can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. 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.

U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, 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 State 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 State 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 State 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 State 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

The FWAB must be mailed to your election official. Addresses 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.

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 countySearch Offices

County Mailing Address
Allegany Allegany County Board of Elections
701 Kelly Road, Suite 231
Cumberland, MD 21502-2887
Phone: (301) 777-5931
Fax: (301) 777-2430
Anne Arundel Anne Arundel County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 490
Glen Burnie, MD 21060-0490
Phone: (410) 222-6600
Fax: (410) 222-6833
Baltimore County Baltimore County Board of Elections
11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Phone: (410) 887-5700
Fax: (410) 887-0894
Calvert Calvert County Board of Elections
30 Duke Street, P.O. Box 798
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-0798
Phone: (410) 535-2214
Fax: (410) 535-5009
Caroline Caroline County Board of Elections
403 S. Seventh Street, Suite 247
Denton, MD 21629-1378
Phone: (410) 479-8145
Fax: (410) 479-5736
Carroll Carroll County Board of Elections
300 South Center Street, Room 212
Westminster, MD 21157-5248
Phone: (410) 386-2080
Fax: (410) 876-3925
Cecil Cecil County Board of Elections
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 1900
Elkton, MD 21921-6395
Phone: (410) 996-5310
Fax: (888) 979-8183
Charles Charles County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 908
La Plata, MD 20646-0908
Phone: (301) 934-8972
Fax: (301) 934-6487
Dorchester Dorchester County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 414
Cambridge, MD 21613-0414
Phone: (410) 228-2560
Fax: (410) 228-9635
Frederick Frederick County Board of Elections
340A Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702-8213
Phone: (301) 600-8683
Fax: (301) 600-2344
Garrett Garrett County Board of Elections
2008 Maryland Highway, Suite 1
Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550
Phone: (301) 334-6985
Fax: (301) 334-6988
Harford Harford County Board of Elections
133 Industry Lane
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Phone: (410) 638-3565
Fax: (410) 638-3310
Howard Howard County Board of Elections
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: (410) 313-5820
Fax: (410) 313-5833
Kent Kent County Board of Elections
135 Dixon Drive
Chestertown, MD 21620-1141
Phone: (410) 778-0038
Fax: (410) 778-0265
Montgomery Montgomery County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 10159
Rockville, MD 20849-0159
Phone: (240) 777-8500
Fax: (240) 777-8560
Prince George's Prince George's County Board of Elections
1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115A
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: (301) 341-7300
Fax: (301) 341-7391
Queen Anne's Queen Anne's County Board of Elections
110 Vincit Street, Suite 102
Centreville, MD 21617-0724
Phone: (410) 758-0832
Fax: (410) 758-1119
Somerset Somerset County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 96
Princess Anne, MD 21853-0096
Phone: (410) 651-0767
Fax: (410) 651-5130
St Mary's St Mary's County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 197
Leonardtown, MD 20650-0197
Phone: (301) 475-4200 x1625
Fax: (301) 475-4077
Talbot Talbot County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 353
Easton, MD 21601-0353
Phone: (410) 770-8099
Fax: (410) 770-8078
Washington Washington County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 3147
Hagerstown, MD 21741-3147
Phone: (240) 313-2050
Fax: (240) 313-2051
Wicomico Wicomico County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 4091
Salisbury, MD 21803-4091
Phone: (410) 548-4830
Fax: (410) 548-4849
Worcester Worcester County Board of Elections
100 Belt Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863-1310
Phone: (410) 632-1320
Fax: (410) 632-3031

Local election offices for citySearch Offices

City Mailing Address
Baltimore City Baltimore City Board of Elections
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 129
Baltimore, MD 21202-3432
Phone: (410) 396-5550
Fax: (410) 962-8747