June 19, 2013 - Alexandria, Va. - The State of New Jersey will hold a special primary election for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg.

You can register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot by mail, email or fax 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. citizens residing overseas must submit an FPCA to request an absentee ballot. Please note you will not automatically receive a ballot, even if you voted in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Your voted ballot must be received before 8 PM EDT on August 13, 2013.

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 at military installations around the world. 

Important Dates
FPCA registration deadline July 23
FPCA request deadline August 6
Voted ballot received by election authority Before 8 PM EDT, August 13


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

The special general election will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Go to to fill out and print your forms today! Additional information on the completion and submission of these forms is available, along with New Jersey 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 #12