UOCAVA covers US citizens who are 18 or older AND active duty members of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, or commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; their eligible family members; and US citizens residing outside the United States.
We are required to send absentee ballots at least 45 days before a federal election. If you asked to receive your ballot by email, it should arrive right away. Mailed ballots will take longer depending on the postal system in the country where you are located.
If you do not receive an Absentee Ballot in time to return it, you can use the FWAB as a backup ballot to vote for federal offices. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot as well. Only one ballot will count.
Spouses and children who live away from their voting residence can request an Absentee Ballot using the FPCA. If they currently live where they are registered, they are not covered by UOCAVA and should vote at the polls or request an Absentee Ballot according to District of Columbia guidelines.
You can vote for federal offices without a change to your tax status, but voting for non-federal offices may result in state and local taxation. There may also be tax implications when changing your residence from one state to another. We recommend that you seek legal advice when changing your voting residence.
Your US voting residence address is used to determine where you are eligible to vote absentee. For military voters, it is usually your last address in your state of legal residence. For overseas citizens, it is usually the last place you lived before moving overseas. You do not need to have any current ties with this address.
If you do not know your overseas address or duty station yet, provide as much information as you can regarding your overseas address or duty station (e.g., country, city, etc.) in Section 3 of the FPCA and the FWAB. Also, use the Additional Information section to explain why you do not have an address yet. Make sure you provide your email and phone number so DCBOE can contact you with any follow-up questions.
To vote in District of Columbia 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.
Only if you are using a foreign postal service or a commercial courier service. If you are using US mail, including APO/FPO and diplomatic pouches, then you can use the postage-paid template available here. Print the template onto whatever blank envelope you have on hand.
The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to DCBOE by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to [email protected] and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only.