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Military & Overseas Citizens- UOCAVA

Overview

State and federal law provide special voter registration and Vote-by-Mail options for active duty members of the US Armed Forces, the Merchant Marine, their spouses and dependents, and US citizens residing overseas (also known as UOCAVA voters).


Voter Registration

UOCAVA voters can register to vote in Florida using any of the options available to other voters. See our Register to Vote page for further information. When completing the voter registration application, make sure to notate military or overseas status by checking the appropriate boxes on the form.

In addition, UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post-Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request a Vote-by-Mail ballot at the same time. The FPCA (Online Assistant or PDF form) is made available through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

A special extended voter registration deadline is available to voters who have been discharged or separated from the uniformed services or the U.S. Merchant Marine, returned from a military deployment or activation, or separated from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States. The deadline is 5:00 PM on the Friday before the election.

Requesting A Vote-By-Mail Ballot

UOCAVA voters can request a Vote-by-Mail ballot using any of the options available to other voters. See our Vote-by-Mail page for further information. When completing the Vote-by-Mail ballot request, UOCAVA voters can specify that the ballot be mailed, faxed, emailed, or made available through an online portal.

In addition, UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post-Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request a Vote-by-Mail ballot at the same time. The FPCA (Online Assistant or PDF form) is made available through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Delivery of Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Vote-by-Mail ballots are sent to UOCAVA voters no later than 45 days before Election Day, which is earlier than other voters. The voter may request to have the ballot mailed, faxed, emailed, or made available on an online portal. Mailed ballots for UOCAVA voters are sent by forwardable mail.

Our Mission Your Vote

Leon County is one of thirty-four Florida counties that have come together to provide online ballot access for UOCAVA voters. The online system reduces ballot delivery time by half as voters can access their ballot shortly after their request is validated. UOCAVA voters from participating counties can access their ballot by visiting: www.OurMissionYourVote.us

Completing and Returning Your Ballot

Instructions for completing your Vote-by-Mail ballot are provided along with the ballot. Make sure to sign the voter’s certificate and affix sufficient postage to return the ballot. Overseas voters have the option to return their ballot and signed voter’s certificate by fax.

Your Vote-by-Mail ballot must be received by our office no later than 7 PM on Election Day. A 10-day extension exists for overseas voters in presidential preference primary elections, general elections, special elections, and special primary elections. The ballot must be postmarked or dated by Election Day and received within 10 days of the election in order to be counted.

Special Ballots

State Write-in Absentee Ballot

Starting 180 days before a General Election, an overseas voter may request a state write-in absentee ballot. The state write-in ballot is available to overseas voters that due to military or other issues cannot vote a regular Vote-by-Mail ballot. 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.

Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot

If Election Day is approaching and you have not received your Vote-by-Mail ballot, UOCAVA voters can use a back-up ballot known as the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB (Online Assistant or PDF form) is made available through the Federal Voting Assistance Program. See the FWAB for further information.

 

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Mark S. Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections

OFFICE ADDRESS: 2990-1 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee FL 32301
MAILING ADDRESS: Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office P.O Box 7357, Tallahassee FL 32314-7357
P: (850) 606-8683 | F: (850) 606-8601 | E: Vote@LeonCountyFL.gov | Hours: M - F: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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