Military and Overseas Citizens Voter Information
Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)
The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee
Voting Act (UOCAVA) and conforming state legislation cover active duty
members of the United States armed forces, the merchant marines, spouses
and dependents of all, and United States citizens residing overseas.
How to Register to Vote
Obtain a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) from a Voting Assistance
Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program web site,
to obtain a
Federal Post Card
Voter Registration section of our web site to
obtain a Florida Voter Registration Application.
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 flag the
record and ensure their UOCAVA status when they move out of the
county and wish to maintain voting residency.
UOCAVA voters using the
Florida Voter Registration Application Form
who indicate their military status as part of the optional
information will have the same privileges extended to them.
How to Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
and citizens residing overseas (those with an APO, FPO or foreign address
only, not Guam, American Samoa, etc.) may have vote-by-mail ballots faxed or
Overseas voters who provide an email address will be advised of the
candidates and races via email at least 30 days before statewide elections.
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 Supervisor of
Elections office of address changes so you donít jeopardize your active
voter registration status, and
email is the best way.
Returning A Vote-By-Mail Ballot
Once you have voted your ballot, carefully follow the
instructions on returning your ballot.
Overseas military and citizens
residing overseas may return a voted vote-by-mail ballot by fax via a secured telephone line, (386) 740-8850. Note:
Faxing a voted vote-by-mail ballot will be waiving the right to privacy.
Domestic military voters, regardless of the manner in which the ballot
was received (mail, email, or fax), MUST return the ballot by mail or in
A voted vote-by-mail ballot must be received in the office
of the Supervisor of Elections by 7:00 pm on Election Day.
(Military and Overseas Voter
As a result
of the MOVE Act voters can now check Voter Registration and Vote-By-Mail Ballot
status or submit voter registration changes, questions and vote-by-mail requests
Federal Write-In Ballots (FWAB)
The FWAB is an alternative ballot for overseas and uniformed services voters
who may not receive a vote-by-mail ballot in a timely manner.
State Write-In Ballot
State write-in vote-by-mail ballots shall be made available to
voters 90 to 180 days prior to a general election.
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 vote-by-mail ballot during the normal voting
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.
An individual, or accompanying family member, who has
been discharged or separated from the uniformed services or Merchant Marine,
or from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States, after the
book closing* (deadline to register to vote) 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.
*Book Closing (deadline
to register to vote) is 29 days before an election.
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