February 5, 2013 - Alexandria, Va. - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will hold a special primary election for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, to fill the seat vacated by Senator John Kerry.

You can register to vote and request an absentee ballot by mail, fax, or electronically using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) automated tool at Do not forget to indicate on the FPCA your party preference as well as how you would like to receive your absentee ballot (by mail, fax or email).

Uniformed Services personnel, their spouses and dependents, and U.S. government employees serving outside the territorial limits of the United States must submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request an absentee ballot.

Please note that you will not receive a ballot automatically, even if you voted in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

If you are concerned about not receiving your ballot in time to vote, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB, SF-186). The FWAB automated tool is available at The FWAB is also available in embassies, consulates, and military installations around the world.

Important Dates
FPCA request deadline Before 12 PM EDT, April 29
Voted ballot received by election authority Before 8 PM EDT, April 30


To determine the status of your absentee ballot request, contact your local election office. You can find contact information for your voting jurisdiction at

Your voted ballot must be received before 8 PM EDT on April 30, 2013.

The Special General Election will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Go to to fill out and print your forms today! Additional information on the completion and submission of these forms is also available, as well as Massachusetts voter-specific information. Find a list of county contact information at


For more information on FVAP or assistance with the absentee voting process, visit for live chat assistance, call FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584 (CONUS)/312-425-1584 (OCONUS), or email Remember, you also can contact your unit or installation voting assistance officers for assistance during any step of the process.


PDF version of FVAP News Release #4