The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows absent U.S. military citizens and overseas civilian citizens to register and vote by mail ballot in all elections.
UOCAVA applies to:
- U.S. Citizens who are members of the Uniformed Services on active duty.
- Their family members.
- U.S. citizens residing outside the territorial limits of the U.S. (including Canada and Mexico).
UOCAVA provides an official post card form, called the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), containing both an absentee voter registration application and an absentee ballot application.
- To register and request an absentee ballot in the State of Florida:
Send a completed FPCA to the Supervisor of Elections office so that it arrives not later than 29 days before the election.
(First time registrations in the State of Florida using the FPCA must mail the form, as an original signature is required. Updates and changes to a current registration can be sent by mail, email or fax.)
- • If you have previously lived in Pinellas County and still maintain a residence in the county, your ballots will contain all local, state, and federal races for which you are eligible to vote.
• If you have previously lived in Pinellas County but no longer maintain a residence in Florida, and it is your intention to return to the county; you will be assigned the precinct of the county courthouse.
- If you are already registered in Pinellas County and you wish to request absentee ballots, send the completed FPCA to the Supervisor of Elections office so that it arrives not later than the 10th day before the election. Alternatively, you may use any of the regular means of requesting mail ballots.
- An FPCA application for an absentee ballot is effective for all elections through the calendar year of the next regularly scheduled general election.
- The FPCA does not require postage if mailed in 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
The Federal Post Card Application is the form that permits UOCAVA citizens to simultaneously register and request absentee ballots in the state or territory where they last resided immediately prior to departing the United States, even if they no longer maintain a residence in that state.
To request or complete a Federal Post Card Application online, click HERE
If you or a family member has been discharged or separated from the Uniformed Services or the United States Merchant Marine, has returned from a military deployment or activation, or has separated from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States after the voter registration deadline for an election, you may register to vote in such election until 5 p.m. on the Friday before that election in the office of the Supervisor of Elections.
If you reside outside the U.S., or you are an absent uniformed services voter, your ballot will be mailed at least 45 days before an election.
If you are an overseas voter, or are an absent uniformed services voter, you may request to receive your ballots by fax or email. Your request must include:
- Your Name
- Your date of birth
- Your county of residence
- 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 electronically mailed
- 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.
Overseas voters who cannot be reached to deliver an absentee 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 an absentee ballot during the normal absentee period.
State write-in ballots will be mailed between 90 and 180 days prior to the general election.
The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is an emergency back-up ballot that may be used for all elections if all of these conditions apply:
- You are a registered voter, eligible to vote in this election;
- You are a member of the Uniformed Services or merchant marine on active duty or an eligible spouse or dependent of such a member who is absent from your voting precinct on Election Day, or you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the territorial limits of the U.S;
- You have requested a regular absentee ballot in time to be received by the state deadline, which is 6 days prior to the election; and
- You have not received the requested regular ballot.
To request or complete a Federal Write-In Ballot online, click HERE
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Returning Your Ballot
You may return your voted ballot by mail, courier, or fax. You currently cannot return your ballot via email. Please see administrative rule 1S-2.030 for details about overseas voters requesting and returning ballots. Voted ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. Election Day. Qualified overseas voters who are eligible for late counting of ballots have an additional 10 days during presidential preference primaries and general elections.
If you are an overseas voter, your ballot will be counted if the ballot envelope is dated or postmarked not later than the day of the election and received no later than 10 days after a general election or presidential primary election.
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