If you want to vote in a Federal Primary or Special Elections in March, April and May 2014, you should visit for information on registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot according to State deadlines and requirements.

States must provide requested ballots 45 days before an election. If you do not receive your requested State ballot at least 30 days before an election prepare, print and sign the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) at (see FWAB information below).

March Primary and Special Election Dates:

  • Texas: March 4
  • Florida (Special General Election): March 11
  • Illinois: March 18

April Primary Date:

  • District of Columbia: April 1

May Primary Dates:

  • Indiana: May 6
  • North Carolina: May 6
  • Ohio: May 6
  • West Virginia: May 13
  • Nebraska: May 13
  • Idaho: May 20
  • Georgia: May 20
  • Oregon: May 20
  • Arkansas: May 20
  • Kentucky: May 20
  • Pennsylvania: May 20
  • Texas (Primary Runoff): May 27 

View the complete 2014 Primary Election Calendar at for more information.

All Uniformed Services members residing outside of their voting jurisdiction, their eligible family members and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are residents of these States and would like to participate in these elections should submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which acts as a request for voter registration and a request for an absentee ballot. FVAP recommends using the online assistant to prepare, print and sign an FPCA at

Be sure you include an email address, phone number and/or fax number on your FPCA in the event your local election official must contact you. Remember, many States allow you to submit your FPCA electronically and are required to deliver your blank ballot electronically (by email or fax) or provide online ballot access. Go to or your State's election website to see how you can return your forms.

Vote the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

The FWAB is a back-up ballot. If you have not received your requested State ballot 30 days before the election or you think you will not receive your State ballot in time to return your ballot, prepare and print the FWAB at You will then need to sign and submit the FWAB to your local election official. The FWAB is also available in embassies, consulates and military installations around the world.


Additional information

Check your State's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information and links to your local election offices.




For more information on FVAP or assistance with the absentee voting process, visit, 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. or Twitter@FVAP.

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