Military and Overseas Citizens


Who are Uniformed Service or overseas voters?


  • A Uniformed Service member;
  • A Uniformed Service family member;
  • A person who lives outside the United States

Ask your county Department if you have questions.


What is a permanent absentee voter?


  • A person who is disabled, a uniformed service member, a uniformed service family member, or a person who lives outside the United States and who requests permanent absentee status.
  • A voter who is automatically sent an absentee ballot for every election in which he/she is eligible to vote.
  • A permanent absentee voter does not have to apply for every election.
  • A permanent absentee voter must keep his/her county Department informed of his/her address, email address and other contact information.

A person remains a permanent absentee voter until:

  • Return of correspondence to the Department as undeliverable,
  • The person's death or disqualification,
  • Cancellation of the person's voter registration,
  • Upon request by the voter,
  • If the person is no longer eligible for permanent absentee status.

How do I become a permanent absentee voter?


  • Write "Make me a permanent absentee voter" in section 9 of the FPCA and submit to your county Department
  • Fill out section A of an Affidavit form, and submit to your county Department.

Who can help me?



How do I register and get my absentee ballot?


Use Vote Delaware to complete an FPCA and then follow the directions to return it to your county Department of Elections

Send a filled out Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your county Department.

  • Send it no later than the 3rd Monday before an election.
  • Your application is good through the next General Election.
  • We suggest you send it before August 1st in an election year, or January 1 in the year in which a President is elected.
  • Send a new FPCA to change your party affiliation, email address, mailing address, name change or voting address.

Hints:

  • Register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the respective primary.
  • Change your party affiliation on or before the last Friday in May in the year of a General Election.
  • Change your party affiliation at least 60 days before the date of Delaware's Presidential Primary.
  • Always include a phone number, Fax number and/or Email address.
  • Overseas voters will get a full ballot if overseas temporarily.
  • Overseas voters must give their overseas address.
  • Overseas voters can give a forwarding address if they want their ballot sent to an address other than their overseas address.

Get an FPCA from:

Send the filled out FPCA to your county Department:

  • By Mail; Fax or Email.
  • Department contact information.
  • Send it by air mail if you mail it at a foreign post office.
  • Use the correct postage if you mail it at a foreign post office.

Do I have to re-register?


  • No. Voter registration is permanent.
  • You should update your registration information by sending a new FPCA if you change your mailing address, voting address, email address, name and/or party affiliation.

When do I have to reapply for an absentee ballot?


  • Before every General Election.
  • An FPCA requesting an absentee ballot is good through the next General Election.

How do I get my ballot electronically?

  • Mark the Email or Fax box on the FPCA; and
  • Write an Email address or Fax number on the FPCA.
  • Your county Department sends you a ballot or tells you how to get it.
  • Follow the instructions sent with your ballot.

What do I do if I don't get my absentee ballot?


  • Contact your Department of Elections, or
  • Fill out and send in a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

How do I vote and send back my ballot?


  • Follow the instructions, based on how you got your ballot: click here

What is a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?


It is a ballot you can send to your county Department:

  • If you do not have time to have a ballot sent to you; or
  • If you do not get your ballot in time.
  • It is also a registration request if sent on or before the third Monday before an election.
  • The Departments do not count an FWAB if it gets a person's regular ballot.

Where can I get a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot?


  • By downloading it;
  • From a Voting Assistance Officer;
  • From a United States embassy or consulate;

Important deadlines for military and overseas citizen voters
Date   Event
11/07/2012   The Department begins to accept requests for absentee ballots for 2014 from military and overseas citizen voters
05/31/2014   Last day to change your political party affiliation before the Primary Election
08/01/2014   Last day for the Department of Elections for your county to send Special Absentee Ballots
08/25/2014   Last day for military and overseas voters to register in order to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election
09/05/2014   Last day the Department of Elections for your county is required to send Primary Election absentee ballots
09/08/2014 At Noon Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the Primary Election at the Department of Elections for their county
09/09/2014 At 8 p.m. Deadline for the the Department of Elections for your county to receive your absentee ballot for the Primary Election in order for it to be counted
10/20/2014   Last day for military and overseas voters to register in order to be eligible to vote in the in the General Election
10/31/2014   Last day the Department of Elections for your county is required to send General Election absentee ballots
11/03/2014 At Noon Deadline for a person to vote by absentee ballot before the General Election at the Department of Elections for their county
11/04/2014 At 8 p.m. Deadline for the the Department of Elections for your county to receive your absentee ballot for the General Election in order for it to be counted