April 2, 2013 - Alexandria, Va. - The State of Missouri will conduct a Special Election on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, for the 8th Congressional District, which consists of the following counties: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Howell, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Stoddard, Texas, Washington, Wayne and Wright. The vacancy is due to the resignation of Representative JoAnn Emerson.

Voter registration is not required for this Special Election; however military and overseas voters must submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request a ballot. Any military or overseas voter who wishes to participate in this election must complete a new FPCA; participating in a previous election will not trigger a ballot being sent for this election.

Missouri allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. You may choose to use the automated tool at to prepare and print your FPCA. FPCAs are also available in embassies, consulates and military installations around the world. Be sure to indicate on the FPCA how you would like to receive your absentee ballot (by mail, email or fax).

Your spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child or grandchild may, on your behalf, make an in-person request with your local election official to mail a ballot to your current location.

You may also choose to register to vote using the FPCA; this will allow you to vote in State and local elections during 2013. If you choose to register using the FPCA the form must be mailed directly to your local election official with a postmark no later than Wednesday, May 8. However, to vote in this Special Election only, your FPCA must be received by mail, email or fax by 5 p.m., CST, Wednesday, May 29.

Important Dates
Ballot sent to you from election authority (if requested by April 20) Saturday, April 20
FPCA request deadline for military and overseas voters 5 p.m., CST, Wednesday, May 29
Voted paper ballot must be received by local election office 7 p.m., CST, Tuesday, June 4
Voted ballot transmitted by fax or email for members of the military in imminent danger pay zones only 7 p.m., CST, Tuesday, June 4


Missouri only allows you to return a voted ballot by email or fax if you are a member of the military and are serving in an Imminent Danger Pay location.

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

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

Go to to fill out and print your forms today! Additional information on the completion and submission of these forms is available on the site along with Missouri voter-specific information.


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.


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