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.
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.