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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 14, 2018 General Election November 6, 2018
Registration Overseas Citizens Postmarked by July 25, 2018 Uniformed Services and eligible family members Not Required Overseas Citizens Postmarked by October 17, 2018 Uniformed Services and eligible family members Not Required
Ballot Request Overseas Citizens Received by 5 PM, August 9, 2018 Uniformed Services and eligible family members Received by 5 PM, August 14, 2018 Overseas Citizens Received by 5 PM, November 1, 2018 Uniformed Services and eligible family members Received by 5 PM, November 6, 2018
Ballot Return Received by 8 PM, August 14, 2018 Received by 8 PM, November 6, 2018

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?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in Wisconsin is eligible to vote for federal offices only.

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 ballot here:
https://myvote.wi.gov

Does my State have any online tools?

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

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.


Political party is not required.

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.


Political party is not required.

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.

Your FPCA should be returned directly to your local election official. If you do not know your local election official's mailing address or how to contact them, you can find that information at https://MyVote.wi.gov, or by contacting the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) by email: elections@wi.gov, by fax: (608) 267-0500, or by mail at:

Wisconsin Elections Commission
212 East Washington Ave, Third Floor
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, WI 53707-7984

In the event you do not have access to the internet or you cannot call the WEC you may send your FPCA to the WEC.

You may also use the DoD Fax Service if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, to fax your FPCA if you are already registered to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. 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 and requirements 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. 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.

Your ballot should be returned directly to your local election official. If you do not know your local election official's mailing address or contact information, please visit https://MyVote.wi.gov. You can also contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) by email: elections@wi.gov or by fax: (608) 267-0500.

If you do not have access to the internet or you cannot call the WEC, you may mail your ballot to the WEC:

Wisconsin Elections Commission
212 East Washington Ave, Third Floor
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, WI 53707-7984

Your ballot will be forwarded to your local election official by the WEC. Please provide for additional mailing time if you send your ballot to the WEC. Your ballot must be received by your local election official by the ballot receipt deadline even if it is received by the WEC before this deadline.

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

If you are a Uniformed Service member, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

All other UOCAVA voters must already be registered to use the FWAB. You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

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.

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

Do not check Yes or No. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


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


Political party is not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.


This form must have a witness signature.

Section 7

Sign and date.

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.

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

Do not check Yes or No. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.


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


Political party is not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.


This form must have a witness signature.

Section 7

Sign and date.

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.

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.

Your FWAB should be returned directly to your local election official. If you do not know your local election official's mailing address or contact information, please visit https://MyVote.wi.gov. You can also contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) by email: elections@wi.gov or by fax: (608) 267-0500.


If you do not have access to the internet or you cannot call the WEC, you may mail your ballot to the WEC:

Wisconsin Elections Commission
212 East Washington Ave, Third Floor
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, WI 53707-7984

Your FWAB will be forwarded to your local election official by the WEC. Please provide for additional mailing time if you send your FWAB to the WEC. Your FWAB must be received by your local election official by the ballot receipt deadline even if it is received by the WEC before this deadline.

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.