About Absentee Voting in the Military or from Abroad
Voting is one of our fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. Members of the military, their families, and Americans living abroad can choose to exercise that right — from anywhere in the world.
The steps to take are just a little different when voting absentee. Here's how:
- Register to vote and request your ballot in one easy step. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office.
- Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives.
Military and Overseas Voting Tips
- Allow plenty of time to request, receive, and return your ballot.
- Send in a new FPCA every year and when you move.
- Check your state's absentee voting deadlines and info. Follow all instructions to make sure your ballot is counted.
- If there isn't enough time to receive and send back your ballot before an election deadline, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a back-up ballot as soon as possible.
This absentee voting process applies to U.S. citizens protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA):
- Members of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps)
- Members of the Merchant Marines
- Eligible family members of the above
- U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.