Military and Overseas Absentee Voting

Military and overseas voters use a special process to get and return their ballot. Read the eligibility rules below before you apply. A spouse, parent, sibling or child age 18 and over can apply for you.

Applications are good for all elections through December 31 of the year you apply. To get a ballot for any election held in 2016, wait until January 1, 2016 to apply. Apply again each time you change your mailing address.

Get Your Ballot
You can register to vote and have your ballot sent using the same application. 
Apply online or download a paper application.

Emergency Ballot
Download and send a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if you worry there is not enough time to have a regular absentee ballot sent. The emergency ballot is a blank sheet to write your choices on and mail back.

Mail It Back by Election Day
You must send your ballot back by mail or package delivery, even if election officials emailed the blank ballot to you. Your ballot won’t count if it’s received after Election Day.


  • Uniformed or military personnel and their dependents.
  • Citizens overseas temporarily.
  • Citizens overseas indefinitely (not eligible to vote in state or local elections).
  • Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about deadlines, when to return your ballot and other frequently asked questions .

Track Your Absentee Ballot
Check the status of your absentee ballot — learn when your ballot was sent and if it was received and accepted.

Contact your county election office.