September 3, 2013 - Alexandria, Va. - The State of New Jersey will hold a special general election for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, October 16, 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 how you would like to receive your absentee ballot (by mail, email or fax).

Uniformed Services personnel, their eligible family members and overseas citizens who are qualified to vote in New Jersey and requested a mail-in ballot for all elections in the current year will automatically receive a ballot for this Special General Election.

Your voted ballot must be received before 8 p.m., EDT, on October 16, 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 September 25
FPCA request deadline October 9
Voted ballot received by election authority Before 8 p.m., EDT, October 16


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

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


Please do not send comments directly to FVAP. 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 #16