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Federal Election Deadlines

Presidential Primary June 7, 2016 State Primary June 7, 2016 General Election November 8, 2016
Registration Return by Mail: Postmarked by May 23, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by May 23, 2016 Return by Mail: Postmarked by May 23, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by May 23, 2016 Return by Mail: Postmarked by October 24, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by October 24, 2016
Ballot Request Received by May 31, 2016 Received by May 31, 2016 Received by November 1, 2016
Ballot Return Return by Mail: Postmarked by* June 7, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by June 7, 2016 Return by Mail: Postmarked by* June 7, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by June 7, 2016 Return by Mail: Postmarked by* November 8, 2016 Return by Fax: Received by November 8, 2016

*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 3rd day after the election, excluding holidays.

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)?

The DoD ETS allows you to email or fax your election materials toll-free. To email your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and email to ETS@FVAP.gov. To fax your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found in the Appendix of the Voting Assistance Guide or online at FVAP.gov.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I vote in this State?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in California is eligible to vote in California as long as he or she has not registered or voted in another State.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/california

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 2

Voters who do not provide a political party affiliation can vote in a presidential primary election if the political party allows it, more information about this can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for other primary elections or general elections.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Block 9: "I do not have a social security number or State issued ID number."

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Block 6

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

If you are using the FPCA to register to vote, you must mail or fax the form. Addresses can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

If you are already registered and are using the FPCA to request an absentee ballot, you can mail, email or fax your signed form to your election official. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

E-Mail your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email your FPCA. Information about ETS can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FPCA toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the State absentee ballot by mail or fax (fax only if you are overseas or activated within 6 days of the election). Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Check this box if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

Block 2

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Block 9: "I do not have a social security number or State issued ID number."

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Block 6

Voters who do not provide a political party affiliation can vote in a presidential primary election if the political party allows it, more information about this can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for other primary elections or general elections.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots, as well as the method in which you would like to receive your ballot.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in the candidate's name for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail or fax (fax only if you are overseas or activated within 6 days of the election). Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal the envelope. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FWAB: (fax only if you are overseas or activated within 6 days of the election). Fax your FWAB directly to your election official. Be sure to include your ballot, signed Voter Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FWAB toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Alameda Alameda Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon St, Rm G1
Oakland, CA 94612-4229
Phone: (510) 272-6973
Fax: (510) 272-6982
Alpine Alpine County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 158
Markleeville, CA 96120-0158
Phone: (530) 694-2281
Fax: (530) 694-2491
Amador Amador Registrar of Voters
810 Court St
Jackson, CA 95642-2132
Phone: (209) 223-6465
Fax: (209) 223-6467
Butte Butte County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
155 Nelson Ave
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7762
Fax: (530) 538-6853
Calaveras Calaveras County Clerk, Elections Department
891 Mountain Ranch Rd
San Andreas, CA 95249-9713
Phone: (209) 754-6375
Fax: (209) 754-6733
Colusa Colusa County Clerk-Elections Department
546 Jay St, Ste 200
Colusa, CA 95932-2400
Phone: (877) 458-0501
Fax: (530) 458-0512
Contra Costa Contra Costa County Clerk - Elections Department
P.O. Box 271
Martinez, CA 94553-0027
Phone: (925) 335-7800
Fax: (925) 335-7843
Del Norte Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder-Elections
981 H St, Rm 160
Crescent City, CA 95531-3457
Phone: (707) 464-7216
Fax: (707) 465-0321
El Dorado El Dorado Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 678001
Placerville, CA 95667-4100
Phone: (530) 621-7480
Fax: (530) 626-5514
Fresno Fresno County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
2221 Kern St
Fresno, CA 93721-2613
Phone: (559) 600-8683
Fax: (559) 488-3279
Glenn Glenn County Clerk-Elections
516 W Sycamore St, Fl 2
Willows, CA 95988-2740
Phone: (530) 934-6414
Fax: (530) 934-6571
Humboldt Humboldt County Office of Elections and Voter Registration
3033 H St, Rm 20
Eureka, CA 95501-4409
Phone: (707) 445-7481
Fax: (707) 445-7204
Imperial Imperial County Clerk, Courthouse
940 W. Main St, Ste 206
El Centro, CA 92243-2839
Phone: (442) 265-1060
Fax: (442) 265-1062
Inyo Inyo County Clerk-Elections
P.O. Drawer F
Independence, CA 93526-0606
Phone: (760) 878-0224
Fax: (760) 878-1805
Kern Kern County Clerk - Elections Office
1115 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Phone: (661) 868-3590
Fax: (661) 868-3768
Kings Kings County Elections Dept., Govt. Center
1400 W Lacey Blvd
Hanford, CA 93230-5997
Phone: (559) 582-3211
Fax: (559) 585-8453
Lake Registrar of Voters, County of Lake
255 N Forbes St
Lakeport, CA 95453-4747
Phone: (707) 263-2372
Fax: (707) 263-2742
Lassen Lassen County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
220 S Lassen St, Ste 5
Susanville, CA 96130-4343
Phone: (530) 251-8217
Fax: (530) 257-3480
Los Angeles Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder County Clerk
P.O. Box 1024
Norwalk, CA 90651-1024
Phone: (562) 466-1323
Fax: (562) 864-2394 (562) 462-3035
Madera Madera County Clerk-Elections
200 W. 4th St
Madera, CA 93637-3548
Phone: (559) 675-7720
Fax: (559) 675-7870
Marin Marin County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box E
San Rafael, CA 94913-3904
Phone: (415) 473-6441
Fax: (415) 473-4244 (415) 473-6447
Mariposa Mariposa County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 247
Mariposa, CA 95338-0247
Phone: (209) 966-2007
Fax: (209) 966-6496
Mendocino Mendocino County Clerk-Elections
501 Low Gap Rd, Rm 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482-3738
Phone: (707) 234-6819
Fax: (707) 463-4257
Merced Merced County Registrar of Voters
2222 M St, Rm 14
Merced, CA 95340-3729
Phone: (209) 385-7541
Fax: (209) 385-7387
Modoc Modoc County Clerk-Elections
108 E Modoc St
Alturas, CA 96101-4020
Phone: (530) 233-6201
Fax: (530) 233-6205
Mono Mono County Clerk-Elections
P.O. Box 237
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone: (760) 932-5537
Fax: (760) 932-5531
Monterey Monterey County Elections
P.O. Box 4400
Salinas, CA 93912
Phone: (831) 796-1499
Fax: (831) 755-5485
Napa Napa County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
900 Coombs St, Ste 256
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 299-1470
Fax: (707) 253-4390
Nevada Nevada County Clerk/Recorder- Elections
950 Maidu Ave, Ste 250
Nevada City, CA 95959-8600
Phone: (530) 470-2740
Fax: (530) 265-9829
Orange Orange County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 11298
Santa Ana, CA 92711
Phone: (714) 567-7560
Fax: (714) 567-5100
Placer Placer County Office of Elections
P.O. Box 5278
Auburn, CA 95604-2640
Phone: (530) 886-5650
Fax: (530) 886-5688
Plumas Plumas County Clerk - Elections
520 Main St, Rm 102
Quincy, CA 95971-9366
Phone: (530) 283-6256
Fax: (530) 283-6155
Riverside Riverside County Registrar of Voters
2724 Gateway Dr
Riverside, CA 92507-0918
Phone: (951) 486-7200
Fax: (951) 486-7272
Sacramento Sacramento Voter Registration and Elections
7000 65th St, Ste A
Sacramento, CA 95823-2315
Phone: (916) 875-6451
Fax: (916) 876-5597
San Benito San Benito County Clerk, Court House
440 Fifth St, Rm 206
Hollister, CA 95023-3843
Phone: (831) 636-4016
Fax: (831) 636-2939
San Bernardino San Bernardino Registrar of Voters
777 E Rialto Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0770
Phone: (909) 387-8300
Fax: (909) 386-8388
San Diego San Diego Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 85656
San Diego, CA 92186-5656
Phone: (858) 505-7319
Fax: (858) 505-7294
San Francisco San Francisco Elections, Voter Services Division
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl, Rm 48
San Francisco, CA 94102-4608
Phone: (415) 554-4411
Fax: (415) 554-7344
San Joaquin San Joaquin Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 810
Stockton, CA 95201
Phone: (209) 468-2890
Fax: (209) 468-9534
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Elections
1055 Monterey St, Rm D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-1003
Phone: (805) 781-5228
Fax: (805) 781-1111
San Mateo San Mateo County Registration and Elections Division
40 Tower Rd
San Mateo, CA 94402-4098
Phone: (650) 312-5222
Fax: (650) 312-5348
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County Clerk-Elections,
P.O. Box 61510
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-1510
Phone: (805) 568-2200
Fax: (805) 568-2209
Santa Clara Santa Clara Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 49003
San Jose, CA 95161-9003
Phone: (408) 299-8640
Fax: (408) 293-6002
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County Clerk - Elections
701 Ocean St, Rm 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4076
Phone: (831) 454-2405
Fax: (831) 454-2445
Shasta Shasta County Clerk-Elections
P.O. Box 990880
Redding, CA 96099-0880
Phone: (530) 225-5730
Fax: (530) 225-5454
Sierra Sierra County Clerk-Recorders Office
P.O. Drawer D
Downieville, CA 95936-0398
Phone: (530) 289-3295
Fax: (530) 289-2830
Siskiyou Siskiyou County Clerk-Elections
510 N Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097-9910
Phone: (530) 842-8084
Fax: (530) 841-4110
Solano Solano Registrar of Voters
675 Texas St, Ste 2600
Fairfield, CA 94533-6338
Phone: (707) 784-6675
Fax: (707) 784-6678
Sonoma Sonoma County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 11485
Santa Rosa, CA 95406-1485
Phone: (707) 565-6800
Fax: (707) 565-6843
Stanislaus Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters
1021 I St, Ste 101
Modesto, CA 95354-2331
Phone: (209) 525-5201
Fax: (209) 525-5803
Sutter Sutter County Clerk-Elections
1435 Veterans Memorial Cir
Yuba City, CA 95993-3011
Phone: (530) 822-7122
Fax: (530) 822-7587
Tehama Tehama County Clerk-Elections
P.O. Box 250
Red Bluff, CA 96080-0250
Phone: (530) 527-8190
Fax: (530) 527-1140
Trinity Trinity County Clerk - Elections
P.O. Box 1215
Weaverville, CA 96093-1215
Phone: (530) 623-1220
Fax: (530) 623-8398
Tulare Tulare County Registrar of Voters
5951 S. Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277-9394
Phone: (559) 624-7300
Fax: (559) 737-4498
Tuolumne Tuolumne County Clerk - Elections
2 S Green St
Sonora, CA 95370-4696
Phone: (209) 533-5570
Fax: (209) 694-8931
Ventura Ventura County Clerk-Elections
800 S Victoria Ave, L 1200
Ventura, CA 93009-1200
Phone: (805) 654-2734
Fax: (805) 648-9200
Yolo Yolo County Elections Department
P.O. Box 1820
Woodland, CA 95776-1820
Phone: (530) 666-8133
Fax: (530) 666-8123
Yuba Yuba County Clerk
915 8th St, Ste 107
Marysville, CA 95901-5273
Phone: (530) 749-7855
Fax: (530) 749-7854