The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and conforming state legislation cover active duty members of the US armed forces, the merchant marine, spouses and dependents of all who reside outside of their home county, and US citizens residing overseas. They may apply for voter registration and for Vote by 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. Vote by Mail requests from these voters will be effective for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.
UOCAVA voters may also 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.
UOCAVA voters (those with an APO, FPO or foreign address only, not Hawaii, American Samoa, etc.) may have Vote by Mail ballots faxed or emailed, if there is a problem with mail.
Ballots can be returned by fax, but not by email, and voter then waives secrecy. However, access to faxed ballots in the elections office is extremely restricted and ballots are immediately placed in secrecy envelopes without handling. Only the Voter's Certificate, which must be signed and dated, is examined.
For those overseas voters who provide an email address, we will advise them of the races by email when that is available at least 30 days before an election. We encourage all UOCAVA voters to include their email addresses on any forms or correspondence, and to update them along with mailing addresses whenever they move.
The most important thing to remember is to notify the elections office of address changes so you don't jeopardize your active voter registration status, and email is the best way. Additional information for UOCAVA voters is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program, toll-free 1-800-438-8683, fax 1-800-368-8683, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Click here to request a Vote by Mail ballot.
|Click here to track the status of your Vote by Mail ballot.
To register to vote & request your Vote by Mail Ballot through the Federal Voter Assistance Program click here.