Military and Overseas Voters

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ensures eligible overseas citizens can apply to register to vote and receive a Vote by Mail ballot. Members of the United States Uniformed Services and merchant marine; their eligible family member(s); and United States citizens residing outside of the country are covered under UOCAVA.

REGISTER TO VOTE OR REQUEST A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT

UOCAVA voters may apply for voter registration or request vote by mail ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from the unit voting officer or is available on-line.

To register and request a vote by mail ballot in the State of Florida:

  • If you maintain a Florida residence, you will receive a ballot containing all local, state, and Federal races for which you are eligible to vote. 
  • If you are or were a registered voter and no longer maintain a Florida residence but you intend to return, you will receive a ballot with all local (except Municipal), state and Federal races.
  • If you were never registered in Florida and no longer maintain a Florida residence, have no intent to return, but this is the last place you lived, you will receive a ballot for Federal races only.
  • A U.S. citizen who is born or living abroad and has never lived in Florida is not permitted to register or vote in Florida under current Florida law.
  1. Send a completed FPCA to the Supervisor of Elections office so that it arrives no later than 29 days before the election.
    1. Original signature required to use FPCA to registered to vote.
    2. Emailed and/or faxed FPCA accepted for those already registered to vote.
  2. If you are already registered in Pasco County and you wish to request vote by mail ballots, send the completed FPCA to the Supervisor of Elections office so that it arrives no later than the Friday before the election. Alternatively, vote by mail ballots may be requested by email, phone, in writing, or by using our online form. Spouses and Dependents are considered to be of the same category of vote by mail voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.
  3. An FPCA application for a vote by mail ballot is effective for all elections through the next regularly scheduled general election.
  4. The FPCA does not require postage if mailed within the U.S. postal system, including all U.S. military post offices (APO/FPO) overseas as well as diplomatic pouches.

NOTE: BALLOTS ARE NOT FORWARDABLE - Be sure to provide your current mailing address.

LATE REGISTRATION

If you or a family member have been discharged or separated from the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, or from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States, you may register after the registration deadline for an election until 5 p.m. on the Friday before that election.

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF BALLOTS

If you are an overseas voter, or are an absent uniformed services voter, you may request to receive your ballots by fax or e-mail. An overseas address or APO/FPO/DPO address must be provided regardless of how the ballot is delivered to the UOCAVA voter.
Your request must include:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your date of birth
  3. Your county of residence
  4. One of the following
    • a return fax number, if the ballot is to be faxed
    • an APO/FPO or other deliverable overseas address, if the ballot is to be mailed 
    • an email address if the ballot is to be emailed
  5. Your signature (faxed request only)
    • If you want your ballot to be faxed, your request is valid only for the upcoming election or the one election you specify.

STATE WRITE-IN BALLOT

Overseas voters who cannot be reached to deliver a vote by mail ballot in time for the General Election may request a state write-in ballot not earlier than 180 days before an election. Your request must state that due to military or other contingencies that preclude normal mail delivery, you cannot vote a vote by mail ballot during the normal vote by mail period. State write-in ballots will be mailed between 90 and 180 days prior to the General Election.

FEDERAL WRITE-IN BALLOT

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is a back-up ballot that may be used for Federal races only if all of these conditions apply:

  1. You are located outside the United States, including APO and FPO addresses.
  2. You have applied for a regular absentee ballot early enough so that we have received your request at least 30 days before the election. The FPCA may be used to request your regular Florida absentee ballot.
  3. You have not received the requested regular Florida absentee ballot.

CASTING YOUR BALLOT

You may return your voted ballot by mail, courier or fax. You cannot return your ballot via email, because state law requires an original signature on the ballot certificate envelope. Voted ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day.

LATE COUNTING OF OVERSEAS BALLOTS

Ballots voted by persons outside the U.S.in a General Election and Presidential Preference Primary are counted if postmarked no later than Election Day and received within 10 days of the election.

Additional military election information is available from:

The Director
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Department of Defense
Washington Headquarters Services
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1155
Toll-free 800-438-8683