Military/Overseas Voting


QUICK LINKS
Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.fvap.gov) 
Federal Post Card Application (“FPCA”) 
 Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot(“FWAB”)
Florida Election Laws

REGISTER TO VOTE
OR
UPDATE VOTER INFORMATION
AND/OR
REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS


INFORMATION:
VOTER REGISTRATION
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: VOTING BY MAIL, FAX, OR E-MAIL
DEADLINES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ("F.A.Q.'s")


REGISTERING TO VOTE
OR
UPDATING INFORMATION
AND/OR
REQUESTING ABSENTEE BALLOTS

FOR BEST RESULTS,
please read the following five (5) items carefully,
and click where applicable.

1. The Federal Post Card Application (“FPCA”)(Standard Form 76A ) must be used for
(a) New voter registrations in Duval County, Florida and
(b) Signature updates.

2. Voters ALREADY REGISTERED IN DUVAL COUNTY, Florida may be able to take advantage of our

TIME-SAVING OPTION
(NOT for new registrants in Duval County, signature updates, name changes, or party changes.)

3. If needed, download the Federal Post Card Application ("FPCA") .

4. The individual must send the ORIGINAL FPCA BY MAIL if he or she wishes to
(a) Register for the first time in Florida; OR
(b) Update his or her signature.

5. The FPCA--ITEM BY ITEM section below addresses each box on the FPCA.

Questions regarding military
and/or overseas voting?
Person to Contact

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FPCA--ITEM BY ITEM
Box 1 - Classification  
REQUIRED: Choose applicable box.

Box 2 - Political Party
“Applicant may write in a political party. In Florida, partisan primary races will only appear on the ballot of a voter who has chosen a major party (either Democratic or Republican.)

Box 3 - Your legal name
REQUIRED 

Box 4 - Identification
REQUIRED: Birth date
REQUIRED: Florida Driver's License OR Florida ID
OR last 4 digits of Social Security Number 

Box 5 - Contact Information
REQUIRED if requesting an emailed ballot

Box 6 - Ballot Receipt 
Rank from 1-3 in order of preference.

Box 7 - U.S. address for voting purposes
REQUIRED

Option A: If you consider Duval County, Florida your county of residence and plan to return to a residence that you've lived in within the county, then you may list that address as your legal voting residence address.

Option B:  If you consider Duval County, Florida your county of residence; if you are living out of Duval County termporarily; and if you aren't maintaining a Duval County residence, then for voting purposes, you may use the address of our office, 105 E. MONROE ST, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202, as your legal residence address. (Section 101.045, Florida Statutes)

Box 8 - Address where you live now
REQUIRED: an address different from #7. Your voting materials will be sent here unless you specify otherwise in #9.

Box 9 - Additional Requirements for your State
If you have requested an emailed or faxed ballot, please be sure to provide an address different from #7 in either box 8 or in this box.

REQUIRED: Affirmation
The affirmation must be signed and dated. No witness or notary is required.

TO REGISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FLORIDA,
a complete, original FPCA
(NO faxed or e-mailed copies)
must be mailed to Maggie Johnson, Elections Aide:
by the deadline for voter registration.

Additional information regarding the Federal Post Card Application ("FPCA")
may be found at
http://www.fvap.gov/

Questions? Contact Maggie Johnson, Elections Aide

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VOTER REGISTRATION

REGISTER TO VOTE and
REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW

REGISTERING TO VOTE
Absent military voters and overseas voters may register to vote in Florida using the Federal Post Card Application ("FPCA"), which combines registering to vote and requesting absentee ballots.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
To register to vote in Florida, the person must at sometime in the past have actually resided in that county and must have the intent to reside permanently in that county. 

In 1986, the federal government enacted the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act ("UOCAVA"). Under UOCAVA, overseas citizens are permitted to register to vote in the last place they lived before leaving the United States. 

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS:
VOTING BY MAIL, FAX, OR E-MAIL

REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW

BALLOT DELIVERY METHODS
BOTH absent stateside military voters AND overseas voters are eligible to have their absentee ballot sent to them by mail, fax, or e-mail.

ABSENT STATESIDE MILITARY VOTERS
DELIVERY METHOD OF BLANK BALLOT TO VOTER, OPTIONS: REQUIRED METHOD FOR VOTER TO RETURN VOTED BALLOT
Mail Mail
Fax Mail
E-Mail Mail

OVERSEAS VOTERS

DELIVERY METHOD OF BLANK BALLOT TO VOTER, OPTIONS: REQUIRED METHOD FOR VOTER TO RETURN VOTED BALLOT
Mail Mail
Fax

Options:
Fax (with originals sent back in mail)
OR
Mail
E-Mail Options:
Fax (with originals sent back in mail)
OR
Mail

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DEADLINES

Deadline: Registration
Florida's deadline to register to vote is 29 days prior to any election. This deadline applies to all citizens, including uniformed service members, merchant marines, their spouses and dependents, and citizens living overseas. § 95.055, Fla. Stat. (2009).


Late Registration
An individual or accompanying family member who has been discharged or separated from the uniformed services, merchant marines, or from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States, after the book closing for an election pursuant to Section 97.055, Florida Statutes, who is otherwise qualified, may register to vote in such election at the office of the supervisor of elections until 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before that election. Such persons must produce sufficient documentation showing evidence of qualifying for the late registration. § 97.0555, Fla. Stat. (2009).

QUESTIONS?
Person to Contact

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
A request for an absentee ballot to be MAILED must be received by the Supervisor of Elections office by 5:00 P.M. the sixth day before an election.  § 101.62, Fla. Stat. (2009).

Deadline for Supervisor of Elections to MAIL Absentee Ballots 
The Supervisor of Elections office is required to send absentee ballots BY MAIL by 45 days prior to an election.

Deadline to Return Voted Ballot
Unless a voter is overseas, the deadline for the returned voted ballot to be back at the Supervisor of elections Office is 7:00 P.M. EST Election Day.

OVERSEAS VOTERS
ELECTION TYPE DEADLINE FOR OVERSEAS VOTER
Presidential Preference                

An absentee ballot returned by FAX (permitted only for overseas voters) must be received by the Elections Office by
ELECTION DAY 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

An absentee ballot returned only by MAIL must be received by the Elections Office by 10 DAYS AFTER ELECTION DAY* (permitted only for overseas voters) for federal portion of ballot to count. The voted absentee ballot must be received by ELECTION DAY 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time for any non-federal races to count. 

State Primary

Election Day 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time. 

Federal General Election

An absentee ballot returned by FAX (permitted only for overseas voters)  must be received by the Elections Office by
ELECTION DAY 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

An absentee ballot returned only by MAIL must be received by the Elections Office by 10 DAYS AFTER ELECTION DAY* (permitted only for overseas voters) for federal portion of the ballot to count. The voted absentee ballot must be received by ELECTION DAY 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time for any non-federal races to count.

*An OVERSEAS voter who takes advantage of the 10-day deadline extension MUST VOTE THE BALLOT and MUST SIGN THE VOTER'S CERTIFICATE by ELECTION DAY.

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TIME-SAVING OPTION!
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
.

ALL MILITARY/OVERSEAS VOTERS ARE ENCOURAGED to mail a completed FPCA to the Supervisor of Elections once a year to update their information and their signature. The signature on the voted absentee ballot envelope must match the signature in the Supervisor of Elections registration system.

ADDRESS-RELATED CHANGES (legal voting residence address change within Duval County OR mailing address change) may be made by TELEPHONE CALL OR E-MAIL to Maggie Johnson, Elections Aide, with the following information:

 1.  Writer (or caller’s) information—only needed if person updating the information is someone other than voter* 

 (a) Writer’s (caller’s) name
 (b) Writer’s (caller’s) relationship to voter
 (c) Writer’s (caller’s) address

 *In Florida, the Supervisor of Elections may accept an absentee ballot request from the voter, a member of the voter's immediate family, or a legal guardian.

2.  A telephone number or e-mail address where to reach the voter

3.  Voter's name

4.  Voter's date of birth

5.  Voter's Duval County legal voting residence address

6.  How far into the future (or for which specific election(s)) the voter would like absentee ballots scheduled (maximum is through the next two regularly scheduled general elections)

7.  Preferred delivery method of absentee ballot: either mail, fax, or e-mail. NOTE: A printer is required for e-mailed ballots. 

 8.  (a) Where to send any absentee ballots: either address, fax number, or e-mail address

      (b) If voter is overseas: voter's overseas address

 9.  The mailing address where "non-ballot" items such as voter registration cards and sample ballots should be sent

10.  Signature of person making the update / request (only required for requests submitted by fax or mail)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ("F.A.Q.'s")

(1) What do I do if I have requested my absentee ballot and have not received it yet?

(a) The deadline to request than an absentee ballot be mailed to a voter is 5:00 P.M. the Wednesday prior to Election Day. I would like to request that another ballot be sent to me.

(b) Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot ("FWAB"). The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot ("FWAB") allows uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S.--who have requested their ballot by the deadline, but not received the blank ballot--to vote. To use the FWAB, voters registered to vote in Duval County, Florida, must complete, print, sign, date, and mail the FWAB to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office, 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, ATTN: MAGGIE JOHNSON.

(1) FWAB DEADLINE: A 10-day deadline extension is granted to overseas voters for presidential preferences and federal general elections for the federal portion of the ballot to count. However, the FWAB must be voted, and the Voter's Declaration completed, signed and dated by 7:00 P.M. Election Day.

(2) RETURNING THE FWAB: All uniformed service members and citizens living outside the U.S. are permitted to return the FWAB by mail. Uniformed service members living overseas are permitted to return the FWAB by either mail or fax. FWAB's returned by fax should be faxed to either (904) 301-3867 or (904) 630-2920. A faxed FWAB must be returned by 7:00 P.M. EST Election Day to count. If the voter receives the pre-printed state absentee ballot after submitting the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, he or she should fill it out and return it.

For more information regarding the FWAB, please visit www.fvap.gov.

(2) May I return my voted ballot by e-mail?

No. At this time, the Florida Department of State has not authorized any Supervisor of Elections to accept a voted absentee ballot returned by e-mail.

(3) May my spouse or dependent sign the Voter's Certificate accompanying my voted ballot or me?

No. The signature accompanying a voted ballot must match the signature on the record of the voter from whom the ballot is being submitted. (See Section 101.6103, Florida Statutes.) 

(4) Are there any other things I should consider before requesting an absentee ballot via fax or e-mail?

Yes. If the voter chooses to return the voted ballot by fax (and then mail the originals), the voter voluntarily surrenders his or her right to a secret ballot.

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TERMS

Absent military voter
Also referred to as "absent uniformed services voter."
(a) A member of a uniformed service on active duty who, by reason of such active duty, is absent from the place of residence where the member is otherwise qualified to vote;

(b) A member of the merchant marine who, by reason of the active duty or service in the merchant marine, is absent from the place of residence where the member is otherwise qualified to vote; or

(c) A spouse or dependent of a member referred to in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) who, by reason of the active duty or service of the member, is absent from the place of residence where the spouse or dependent is otherwise qualified to vote. (HB 131, 2010)

MOVE Act
MOVE is an acronym for “Military and Overseas Citizens Empowerment.”  Federal legislation enacted in 2009 to expand the accessibility of voting for UOCAVA voters.  Among others, MOVE Act requirements include that states send absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days prior to any election; and that UOCAVA voters be provided the ability to track their ballots.

Overseas voter
(a) An absent uniformed services voter who, by reason of active duty or service, is absent from the United States on the date of the election involved;

(b) A person who resides outside the United States and is qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States;

(c) A person who resides outside the United States and, but for such residence, would be qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States. (HB 131, 2010)

UOCAVA
Abbreviation for “Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act”.  Federal legislation initially enacted in 1986 to facilitate voting for members of the uniformed services, merchant marines, dependents and/or spouse, and citizens living overseas.  Establishes the Federal Post Card Application (“FPCA”) as a form that all UOCAVA voters may use to register to vote and request absentee ballots simultaneously.  Establishes the permission of overseas citizens to register to vote in the last place they lived in the United States.

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