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 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. 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 territory 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 territory? No. I am a National Guardsman activated on territorial orders; does my territory afford me UOCAVA privileges? Yes. How can I check the status of my ballot? You can check the status of your absentee ballot here: [https://prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/] (https://prballotrequest.secureballotusa.com/) Does my territory have any online tools? You can see if your territory has any online tools available here: [http://www.fvap.gov/puerto-rico](http://www.fvap.gov/puerto-rico) 2016-03-06T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep 2016-06-05T00:00:00.000 State Primary 2016-06-05T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem 2016-11-08T00:00:00.000 By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-02-05T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep Registration By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-02-05T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep Registration By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 State Primary Registration By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 State Primary Registration By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem Registration By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem Registration By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-09-19T00:00:00.000 General Election Registration By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-09-19T00:00:00.000 General Election Registration By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-02-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep Ballot Request By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-02-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep Ballot Request By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 State Primary Ballot Request By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 State Primary Ballot Request By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem Ballot Request By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-04-16T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem Ballot Request By Mail: Postmarked by 2016-09-19T00:00:00.000 General Election Ballot Request By Email or Fax: Received by 2016-09-19T00:00:00.000 General Election Ballot Request Postmarked by 2016-03-06T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Rep Ballot Return Postmarked by 2016-06-05T00:00:00.000 State Primary Ballot Return Postmarked by 2016-06-05T00:00:00.000 Presidential Primary - Dem Ballot Return Postmarked by 2016-11-08T00:00:00.000 General Election Ballot Return Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) temporarily 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. Select the category that best describes you. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections. Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area. Your date of birth is required. <br/><br/>You must provide **either** a territory 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 territory issued ID number." 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, you must provide your email address. You can receive your absentee ballot by mail or email/online. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot. 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. Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information. **Provide your father's and mother's first names.** 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. Sign and date. No witness signature required. 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. **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. You **must** be registered and have already requested an absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB. **Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members** can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, territory and local offices, including ballot measures. **Overseas citizens** can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office. Do not check this box. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request. Select the category that best describes you. Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area. Your date of birth is required. <br/><br/>You must provide **either** a territory 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 territory issued ID." Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB. To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections. 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. Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information. **Provide your father's and mother's first names.** Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. Sign and date. No witness signature required. To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest. The FWAB **must be mailed** to your election official. Addresses 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. See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the territory absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the territory absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the territory absentee ballot will be counted. Once you receive your absentee ballot from your territory 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. The territory absentee ballot **must be mailed** to your election official. The address of your election official can be found in the ?Local Election Offices? section. *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. All (787) 777-8358 java@cee.gobierno.pr All Puerto Rico State Election Commission San Juan PR 00919-2359