THIS PAGE IS INTENDED FOR USE BY MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS. IF YOU ARE NOT A MILITARY OR OVERSEAS VOTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is the primary form for military and overseas voters to use to both register to vote and request an absentee ballot. You may use the FPCA if you are:
- On active duty in the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine
- An eligible spouse or dependent of someone on active duty in the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine
- An activated National Guard member on D.C. orders, or
- A U.S. citizen living outside the country
You may complete the Federal Post Card Application by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website here
. Read all instructions printed on the FPCA carefully before completing and signing your application.
If you are using the FPCA to register to vote or update your registration, as well as to request an absentee ballot, your FPCA must be received by the Board by no later than the 21st day before an election.
You may also register to vote using the Board’s voter registration form online here
, or you may download a form here
. For more information on how to register to vote, visit our website here
While we strongly recommend that military and overseas voters use the FPCA to request an absentee ballot, any form of written and signed communication requesting a military/overseas ballot is acceptable. If you choose not use the FPCA, please be sure that any written request for an absentee ballot includes the following information:
- Your name
- The election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot
- The address at which you are registered
- Your current residence address, if different from above
- Your telephone number and email address
- Your date of birth
- Your D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles-issued identification number, the last four (4) digits of your Social Security Number, or the voter registration number issued to you by the Board
- Your preferred method of ballot delivery (mail, email, or fax)
- Mailing address, email address, or fax number to which ballot should be delivered
- Your original signature (An absentee ballot request sent electronically will be considered to contain an original signature)
You may submit the FPCA or other written absentee ballot request to the D.C. Board of Elections:
D.C. Board of Elections
1015 Half Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Requests for absentee ballots should be received by no later than the 3rd day before an election.
You will receive your absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax, depending upon the delivery method you indicated on your application. Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot. Your voted ballot must be received by the Board by no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
You can track the status of your absentee ballot here
. If you are concerned that you may not be able to receive or cast your ballot in time for it to be counted, visit FVAP here
to get a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, which can be used to cast a vote in all federal contests on the ballot.