Military & Overseas Citizens - UOCAVA
The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and conforming state legislation covers active duty members of the US Armed Forces, the merchant marine, their spouses and dependents, and US citizens residing overseas.
They may apply for voter registration and Mail Ballots via any of the following:
Mail Ballot Request
UOCAVA Voters may use the Florida Registration Form, notate their military status on it, and the same privileges would apply to them.
Military voters residing within the county in which they wish to register should use the Florida Voter Registration Application and indicate their military status, so the supervisor may insure their UOCAVA status when they move out of the county but wish to maintain voting residency.
Once you are registered with your county, or are already registered, you can request a Mail Ballot through either of the following links:
Online Mail Ballot Request Form
Printable Mail Ballot Request
Online UOCAVA Ballot Delivery
Thirty-Four Florida counties have come together to provide online ballot access to absent uniformed service members, their families, and citizens living outside the U.S.
The online system cuts ballot delivery time in half since voters can access their ballot shortly after a request is validated. Help spread the word! Registered voters from participating counties can access their ballot by visiting:
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Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Active duty members of the US Armed Forces, the merchant marine, their spouses and dependents, and US citizens residing overseas may apply for voter registration and Mail Ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from a Voting Assistance Officer (VAO) or at www.FVAP.gov, the web site of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Absentee requests from these voters will be effective for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.
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Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)
With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2005 in October 2004, the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) may now be used by all absent Uniformed Service voters both inside and outside the continental United States, as well as U.S. citizens residing overseas. This broadens the use of the FWAB, as military voters were previously not allowed to use it when residing inside the country but outside their voting jurisdiction.
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot is basically a back-up or emergency ballot used for the General election in the event that the voter does not receive their requested regular absentee ballot in time for it to be voted and returned to the local election official to be counted. If the voter does not have access to the hard copy, it is available online through the Overseas Vote Foundation website:
The second change to the FWAB in the recent law concerns the absentee request deadline. Previously, the UOCAVA voter had to have requested an absentee ballot at least 30 days prior to the election. Now, the request must be received at least 30 days before the General election or before the deadline established by the state.
Florida has a later deadline, which is 6 days prior to the election.
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State Write-In Ballot
No earlier than 180 days before a general election, an overseas voter may request a state write-in absentee ballot.
In the request the voter must indicate that due to military or other contingencies that preclude normal mail delivery, the voter cannot vote a regular absentee ballot during the normal voting period. The ballot will contain only the races, and the voter must fill in the names of candidates OR write in the name of a political party, in which case all candidates of that party will be counted if they are in fact on the ballot.
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An individual, or accompanying family member, who has been discharged or separated from the uniformed services or merchant marine, or from employment outside the US after the book closing for an election, and who is otherwise qualified, may register to vote in such election at the supervisor of elections office until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Such persons must produce sufficient documentation showing evidence of qualifying for the late registration pursuant to Section 97.0555 Florida Statutes.
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