Military and Overseas Voting

Voters who are stationed in the military or living overseas confront unique challenges when voting. U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marines, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States – or UOCAVA citizens – meet certain requirements making them able to vote absentee through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

This population is extremely mobile and since election material is sent as non-forwardable postal material it is very important that military or overseas voters update their address. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) supports UOCAVA citizens and election officials by providing necessary absentee voting forms, materials and training guidance. 

To learn more about military or overseas voting, visit the FVAP at

UOCAVA Voting Process