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Voting Doesn't End When Life Takes You Overseas

Make your voice heard with Secure Ballot Delivery.

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Apply

The first step is to ensure you’re eligible to vote an overseas absentee ballot. Then, if you haven’t already done so, complete an FPCA which registers you to vote and requests a ballot.
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Vote

After your application is approved and processed, your county clerk will send you a link to access your ballot. When you finish marking your ballot, follow the instructions to mail, fax, or email it to your county clerk.
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Track

Once you have sent your ballot to your county clerk, you may track its status online. If you have any questions about the status of your ballot, contact your county clerk.

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Eligibility

Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), all active-duty members of uniformed services and merchant marines, along with their spouses and dependents, and United States citizens residing outside of the United States are eligible to vote absentee at their last United States residence address.

FPCA

After you determine that you’re eligible to vote under UOCAVA, the next step is to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FCPA). You may use the FPCA to simultaneously register to vote and request an absentee ballot. If you are already registered to vote, you may mail, fax, or e-mail your signed and completed application to your county clerk. Your request for an absentee ballot must be received by the county clerk no later than 6 days before the election. If you are using this application to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, you must mail the original copy to your county clerk at least 21 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.

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Ballot Delivery

Once your absentee ballot application is accepted, your county clerk will e-mail you a notification with a link to log in and access your ballot.

Ballot Marking

When you’re ready to vote, you may use the on screen ballot marking wizard to make your selections, or you may choose to download a blank ballot to print and mark by hand. When using the on screen ballot marking wizard, you may simply click your desired choice or choices and advance to the next contest. Don’t fret about privacy – your selections will remain anonymous throughout the ballot marking process.

Ballot Return

You should send your ballot as soon as possible. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, and to sign the required documents that come with your ballot. You may mail, fax, or email your ballot and materials to your county clerk. Keep in mind that if you choose to email your ballot, you must have access to a scanner.

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Tracking

You may check here to see when your county clerk receives your ballot. If you have any questions or concerns about your ballot, contact your county clerk. Click here for a list of county clerk contact information.

Fast. Simple. Secure. The Way Absentee Voting Ought to Be.

Ready to get started? Click the link below and let us show you just how easy the process can be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to use Secure Ballot delivery?
All active duty military personnel, along with their spouses and dependents, as well as United States citizens residing outside of the U.S., may be eligible to vote absentee using Secure Ballot delivery.
Is my information secure?
We recognize the importance of keeping your sensitive information private and secure. At no point will we have access to personally-identifiable information like your social security number or driver’s license number. Additionally, our website utilizes best-practice security measures, which means you can feel confident that you’re protected every step of the way.
Who will be able to see my information?
Only your local elections office will be able to see your information. At no point will your identity, sensitive information, or ballot choices be available to anyone but your local elections office.
Who should I contact if I need help?
For questions related to your registration status, voter record, or any other elections-specific issue, please contact your local elections office. A list of email addresses and phone numbers can be found here.
What is the deadline for registering to vote and receiving a ballot?
You may register to vote by mail at any time. Whether you are using the state form or the FPCA, the deadline for voter registration in West Virginia is the 21st day before the election. Military and overseas voters may apply to receive absentee ballots for the entire year beginning January 1, and the deadline to submit your absentee application is the 6th day before the election. Once you receive your ballot, return it to your county clerk as soon as possible. The county clerk must receive your ballot before canvass, which is five days after the election, excluding Sundays.
What if I do not receive my ballot from my county clerk?
If you do not receive your absentee ballot, and you submitted your request in time for the county clerk to receive your application at least 30 days before the election, you may vote the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is a back-up ballot that you may use if you do not receive your state absentee ballot in time for voting. The deadline for submitting the FWAB is the close of polls Election Day.
UOCAVA? FPCA? FWAB?
UOCAVA stands for the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. It was established in 1986 as a way to provide overseas citizens and military personnel with a way to register and to vote by absentee ballot in federal elections. The FPCA is the Federal Post Card Application. It is used to both register to vote and to request an overseas absentee ballot. The FWAB is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. The FWAB is a back-up voting option that’s used in the event the voter has requested a ballot, but has not yet received their ballot.
What information will I need to complete the FPCA?
You will need your driver’s license or social security number, your contact information, your U.S. address, your current address, and any additional information required by your state, such as a mail forwarding address or additional phone number.
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