FVAP is Updating Absentee Voting Forms - Please Provide Your Input!

New voter registration/ballot request and back-up ballot forms on Federal Register now

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The current draft Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

 The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) prescribe two standard federal forms. Both forms require review and public comment every three years. The FPCA (SF-76), can be used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, while the FWAB (SF-186) serves as a backup ballot if the voter doesn't receive a requested ballot in time.

 FVAP leveraged feedback from voters and election officials to update the forms to clarify their use and requirements.

 The revised forms simplify instructions for voters and include:

  • Clarification of National Guard classification for use of the form.
  • Alterations to the list of states requiring additional information.
  • Clarification of registration and ballot request instructions.

 Form usability is an essential part of the redesign process. To help ensure the form is easy and intuitive from a voter's perspective, please download and complete it as if you were registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot or voting the FWAB. Provide usability comments via the links below.


To view the FPCA Federal Register Notice:



To view the Draft FPCA Form:



To view the FWAB Federal Register Notice:



To view the Draft FWAB Form: 



To submit comments and suggestions online: Comments and usability feedback should be submitted on the Federal eRulemaking Portal using the links above or https://www.regulations.gov by January 22, 2019.

 Submit comments and usability feedback by mail at the address below by January 22, 2019:


Department of Defense

Office of the Chief Management Officer

Directorate for Oversight and Compliance

4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24 Suite 08D09

Alexandria, VA 22350-1700


Please do not send comments directly to FVAP.




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