Voting Assistance for Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote absentee.

We try to make the absentee voting experience as easy as possible with straight-forward tools and information. It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world. 

Transitioning or Relocating? What You Need to Know

We understand the military population is extremely mobile. Since voting materials are postal materials that cannot be forwarded, it is important for you to provide your election office with your address annually and after every move. The information you provide them with is their only way to contact you.

During your period of transition, you can find voting information and receive direct assistance by visiting your Installation Voter Assistance Office (IVA Office). To locate an IVA Office nearest you click here. You should visit your IVA Office when in-processing at a new duty station, deploying overseas and returning from deployment. These offices have staff that will be able to give you hard copies of the required forms, assist you in completing the forms and answer any of your absentee voting questions.

Service Information

Each Service provides extensive voting assistance starting at the unit level. You can receive assistance with any portion of the absentee voting process by contacting your IVA Office. Service specific voting information can be found by contacting your Service Voting Action Officer.

Military Voter

Register and Request

Learn how to start the absentee voting process and complete an absentee ballot application using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Need a Backup Ballot?

Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if you have not received a ballot from your State at least 30 days before an election.