2016 - 2017 Voting Assistance Guide Revision Sheet

Voting Assistance Officers and volunteers should use this document to update the printed copy of the 2016-2017 Voting Assistance Guide. Make sure you use it during voting activities (e.g. registration drives, Absentee Voting Weeks) to ensure the voters you are assisting have the latest information.

 

Changes By State

Front Cover

Change Date Section Updated Change
05/18/2016 Updated United States Marine Corps Service Voting Action Officer Contact Information

Email: vote@usmc.mil
Phone: 703-784-9511
Fax: 703-432-2591
Website: https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/MF_MPS/Voting?adf.ctrl-state=hvplsnzyj_4&afrLoop=686711535427859#!

Chapter 1, How to Vote Absentee

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01/11/2016 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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01/29/2016 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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03/03/2016 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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03/04/2016 Updates to Chapter 1 Content

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Chapter 2, Absentee Voting Procedures By State and Territory

Alaska

Change Date Section Updated Change
05/03/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

05/31/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

American Samoa

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

http://www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org/status.php

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
http://www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org/status.php

Arizona

Change Date Section Updated Change
05/03/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/AbsenteeBallotSearch.do

05/31/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/AbsenteeBallotSearch.do

California

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/22/2016 State Primary Election Date

June 07, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Registration

Return by Mail: Postmarked by, May 23, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Registration

Return by Fax: Received by, May 23, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Ballot Request

Received by, May 31, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Ballot Return

Return by Mail: Postmarked by*, June 07, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Ballot Return

Return by Fax: Received by, June 07, 2016

02/26/2016 Vote Your Ballot - Vote your FWAB

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

02/26/2016 Vote Your Ballot - 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.

03/15/2016 FPCA Submission Method - How and where to submit your FPCA (email)

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.

03/15/2016 FPCA Submission Method - Introduction

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section or online at FVAP.gov.

04/26/2016 Updated Important Information

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

Yes.

05/10/2016 FPCA Submission Method - Introduction

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.

06/03/2016 Voted Ballot Return - 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.

06/03/2016 FWAB Submission - Introduction

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.

06/03/2016 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (fax)

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.

Colorado

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml

Delaware

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/16/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://ivote.de.gov/

02/16/2016 Ballot Request Url

https://ivote.de.gov/

Hawaii

Change Date Section Updated Change
05/03/2016 Updated Important Information

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

Yes.

08/03/2016 Updated Important Information

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 Hawaii is eligible to vote in Hawaii.

08/03/2016 Updated Important Information

What is 'temporary registration'?

The FPCA will only temporarily register you to vote. This means that you will be registered and can vote in the elections in which the FPCA allows you to do so.

Idaho

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/01/2016 General Election - Ballot Request

Received by, 5 PM October 28, 2016

Indiana

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx

07/21/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx

Kentucky

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/21/2016 Ballot Submission Url

http://elect.ky.gov/voterinfo/militaryandoverseasvoters/Pages/BallotDownloadandStatus.aspx

Louisiana

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Request Url

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/LAFPCAOnline.aspx

07/21/2016 State Election Url

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/LAFPCAOnline.aspx

07/21/2016 State Election Url

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/default.aspx

Massachusetts

Change Date Section Updated Change
12/17/2015 State Primary Election Date

September 08, 2016

12/17/2015 State Primary - Ballot Request

Received by, 12 PM September 07, 2016

12/17/2015 State Primary - Ballot Return

Received by, 8 PM September 08, 2016

Minnesota

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Request Url

https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/UocavaRegistration/UocavaStep1.aspx

Missouri

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://www.momilitaryvote.com/

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
[https://www.momilitaryvote.com/]
(https://www.momilitaryvote.com/)

Montana

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Submission Url

https://www.vote4montana.us/MT/Register.aspx

Nevada

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/22/2016 State Primary - Registration

By Email or Fax: Received by, May 14, 2016

02/22/2016 General Election - Registration

By Email or Fax: Received by, October 08, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Registration

By Online System: Received by, 11 PM May 24, 2016

02/22/2016 General Election - Registration

By Online System: Received by, 11 PM October 18, 2016

02/22/2016 State Primary - Registration

By FWAB: Received by:, June 07, 2016

02/22/2016 General Election - Registration

By FWAB: Received by:, November 01, 2016

07/19/2016 Ballot Submission Url

https://nvsos.gov/ease/easepages/overview.aspx

07/19/2016 Ballot Request Url

https://nvsos.gov/ease/easepages/overview.aspx

New Hampshire

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/14/2016 Presidential Primary Election Date

February 09, 2016

01/14/2016 Presidential Primary - Registration

Received by, February 09, 2016

01/14/2016 Presidential Primary - Ballot Request

Received by, February 09, 2016

01/14/2016 Presidential Primary - Ballot Return

Received by, February 09, 2016

01/14/2016 Presidential Primary - Ballot Request

Received by, February 08, 2016

07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx

07/21/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

http://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/AbsenteeBallot.aspx

New Jersey

Change Date Section Updated Change
08/19/2016 Voted Ballot Return - 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 ballot by mail, email or fax. If you send it by email or fax you must also immediately mail your ballot to the Board of Election. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email or 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.

08/19/2016 FWAB Submission - Introduction

The FWAB can be submitted by mail, email or fax. If you send it by email or fax you must also immediately mail your FWAB to the Board of Election. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section

08/19/2016 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (email)

Email your FWAB: (The FWAB must also be mailed) Scan the signed Voter's Declaration/Affirmation and the FWAB into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet with secrecy waiver. Email this ballot package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email your FWAB. Information about ETS can be found in the “Important Information” section or online at FVAP.gov.

08/19/2016 FWAB Submission - How and where to submit your FWAB (fax)

Fax your FWAB: (The FWAB must also be mailed) 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.

08/19/2016 Voted Ballot Return - 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 ballot by mail, email or fax. If you send it by email or fax you must also immediately mail your ballot to the Board of Election. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email or 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.

New Mexico

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/29/2016 Updated Important Information

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

Yes.

New York

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://ny.secureballotusa.com/NY_loginSelection.action

07/19/2016 Ballot Submission Url

https://ny.secureballotusa.com/NY_loginSelection.action

07/19/2016 Ballot Request Url

https://ny.secureballotusa.com/NY_loginSelection.action

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
[https://ny.secureballotusa.com/NY_loginSelection.action]
(https://ny.secureballotusa.com/NY_loginSelection.action)

North Carolina

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/20/2016 Congressional Primary Election Date

June 07, 2016

04/20/2016 Congressional Primary - Registration

Received by, 5 PM June 06, 2016

04/20/2016 Congressional Primary - Ballot Request

Received by, 5 PM June 06, 2016

04/20/2016 Congressional Primary - Ballot Return

By Mail: Sent by*, June 07, 2016

04/20/2016 Congressional Primary - Ballot Return

Return by Email or Fax: Received by, 7 PM June 07, 2016

07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://vt.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public/

North Dakota

Change Date Section Updated Change
08/03/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

You must provide one of the following a State issued ID number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, Military ID number or Passport number.

08/10/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

You must provide one of the following a State issued ID number, the Tribal ID number, Military ID number Tribal ID number or passport number.

08/10/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

You must provide one of the following: a State issued ID number, the Tribal ID number, Military ID number Tribal ID number or passport number.

Ohio

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/sites/ballotTracking/ballotTracking.aspx?page=20547

07/21/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/sites/ballotTracking/ballotTracking.aspx?page=20547

Oklahoma

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

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.” To receive your absentee ballot by email/online, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://services.okelections.us/voterSearch.aspx

07/20/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

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.”

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
[https://services.okelections.us/voterSearch.aspx]
(https://services.okelections.us/voterSearch.aspx)

07/20/2016 FPCA Block - Block 4 - ID Type

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.” To receive your absentee ballot by email/online, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

07/26/2016 FPCA Block - Block 9 - Additional Requirements for State

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.

If your political party affiliation is listed as Independent/No Party in Block 2, you may request a ballot for either Democratic or Libertarian Party primary elections. In order to receive a Democratic or Libertarian Party primary ballot, please write your request here.

07/26/2016 FWAB Block - Block 9 - Additional Information

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.

If your political party affiliation is listed as Independent/No Party in Block 6, you may request a ballot for either Democratic or Libertarian Party primary elections. In order to receive a Democratic or Libertarian Party primary ballot, please write your request here.

Oregon

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Submission Url

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS

07/19/2016 Ballot Request Url

http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx

07/21/2016 State Election Url

http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx

07/21/2016 State Election Url

http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/militaryoverseas.aspx

Pennsylvania

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

07/21/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

Puerto Rico

Change Date Section Updated Change
05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem Election Date

June 05, 2016

05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem - Registration

By Mail: Postmarked by, April 16, 2016

05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem - Registration

By Email or Fax: Received by, April 16, 2016

05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem - Ballot Request

By Mail: Postmarked by, April 16, 2016

05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem - Ballot Request

By Email or Fax: Received by, April 16, 2016

05/04/2016 Presidential Primary - Dem - Ballot Return

Postmarked by, June 05, 2016

South Carolina

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/27/2016 Presidential Primary - Rep - Registration

Received by, January 20, 2016

04/29/2016 Updated Important Information

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

Yes.

South Dakota

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://sos.sd.gov/Elections/VIPLogin.aspx

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://sos.sd.gov/Elections/VIPLogin.aspx

Tennessee

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/21/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/

07/21/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/

Utah

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Submission Url

https://utah.everyonecounts.com/page/245/477

Washington

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/19/2016 FWAB Block - Block 6 - Party Affiliation

Required for Presidential Primary.

06/08/2016 FWAB Block - Block 6 - Party Affiliation

Not required.

08/22/2016 Voted Ballot Return - 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, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email or 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.

West Virginia

Change Date Section Updated Change
07/19/2016 Ballot Tracking Url

https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AbsenteeBallotTracking

07/20/2016 Updated Important Information

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/AbsenteeBallotTracking

Wisconsin

Change Date Section Updated Change
04/01/2016 General Election - Ballot Return

Received by, 8 PM November 08, 2016

Wyoming

Change Date Section Updated Change
02/29/2016 FPCA Submission Method - Introduction

Since the FPCA serves as temporary registration, you must mail in the FPCA. If you previously registered to vote using the Wyoming voter registration form, you may email or fax the FPCA to request an absentee ballot. If you are unsure if you are still a registered voter in Wyoming, please contact your County Clerk. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section or online at FVAP.gov.

Chapter 3, Guide for Voting Assistance Officers

Change Date Section Updated Change
01/11/2016 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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01/12/2016 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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01/29/2016 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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03/03/2016 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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03/04/2016 Updates to Chapter 3 Content

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