Military and Overseas Citizens Registering And Voting Absentee

If you are a United States uniformed services member on active duty, a Merchant Marine member, spouse or dependent thereof, or a United States citizen residing outside of the United States, you can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the same time by using a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You can obtain the FPCA from any Voting Assistance Officer or through the Internet at www.fvap.gov. You can also call or request by mail, fax, or e-mail to your Supervisor of Elections that a voter registration application or an absentee ballot be sent to you. If you use the FPCA to request an absentee ballot, your request will be good for all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election.

Absentee ballots are mailed to military and overseas citizens no later than 45 days before each election. However, if you are a uniformed services member on active duty or a Merchant Marine member, absent stateside or overseas from your place of residence, including a spouse or dependent thereof (who is also absent due to the member’s absence), or a United States citizen residing overseas, you can ask that your absentee ballot either be faxed or e-mailed to you, in lieu of receiving it by regular mail. If you include an e-mail address with your absentee ballot request, the Supervisor will notify you by e-mail that your request has been received. The Supervisor will also provide you the estimated date the ballot will be sent to you and let you know when he or she has received your voted ballot.

As of July 2010, any voter who has requested an absentee ballot can track online the status of his or her absentee ballot. You can either link through the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup at www.elections.myflorida.com or through your Supervisor of Elections' http://election.dos.state.fl.us/SOE/supervisor_elections.shtml.

If you have not received your ballot two weeks before the elections, contact your county supervisor of elections. If it is getting close to Election Day and you still have not received your absentee ballot (assuming you requested a ballot and are registered and eligible to vote in the election), you may still vote for federal office races by using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is a back-up absentee ballot but is only available for use by a uniformed services member on active duty or a Merchant Marine either of whom is absent ‘stateside’ and overseas from his or her place of residence, a spouse or dependent thereof (who is also absent due to the member’s absence), or a United States citizen residing overseas. To download and print the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) please click the link below:

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

For more information regarding the Florida Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot click the link below:
http://www.fvap.gov/florida