All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their family members and U.S. citizens residing outside of continental U.S. should submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for federal and state elections by going to FVAP.gov or by following the instructions in the Voting Assistance Guide, also available at FVAP.gov.
Be sure you include an email address, phone number, and/or fax number on your absentee ballot application in case your local election official needs to contact you. Many states allow you to submit your form and ballot electronically, or provide online ballot access. Go to FVAP.gov or your state's election website to see how you can return your form.
Click on the voting button or go to www.fvap.gov. You can also contact your unit voting assistant officer. The names, emails, and phone numbers are listed in the contact List. They can also help answer any questions you might have about voting.
How do I vote by absentee ballot?
Complete and mail the Federal Post Card Application Form (SF-76). Contact your installation voting assistance officer through your base operator for more information.
Where do I get the form?
The SF-76 can be obtained from a unit voting officer or from a PERSCO team in deployed locations. It is also available online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site.
How do I complete and send the form?
Many states have specific rules. Please use the "FPCA Wizard" which guides you according the requirements of your state. You can also look up those requirements in the Voting Assistance Guide at www.fvap.gov/vao/vag.html. Depending on the rules of the state, voters can mail or use electronic means for registering and requesting ballots (email or fax, etc.). Although there is a deadline, some states allow late registration.
Since my family members are not in the military, can they vote absentee?
The law entitles eligible family members of military personnel to vote absentee. Family members are considered to be in the same absentee voter category as military members and generally should follow the same procedures. Family members of military personnel residing overseas, who are U.S. citizens and who have never resided in the U.S., usually claim a parent's legal status as their own if that parent is a U.S. citizen.
Is more help available?
Yes. All military installations have an Installation Voter Assistance Office. Contact information for Air Force Installation Voter Assistance Offices can be found at www.fvap.gov/contact/ivaoffice/airforce.html.
For assistance contact your
Installation Voting Assistance Officer.
RAF Lakenheath IVAO E-mail:
Voting Assistance Officer:
DSN 226-VOTE (8683)
48 FW/IVA Office
Unit 5187 (BLDG 950)
APO AE 09461
Total Force Service Center (TFSC).
24-Hour voting assistance
is available from the TFSC at: DSN: 665-0102,
Commercial 210-565-0102 or Toll Free 1-800-525-0102.