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?
- Your county Department
- Delaware's single point of contact
- The Federal Voting Assistance Program
- The Overseas Vote Foundation
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 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.
- 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:
- Go to Vote Delaware and select "Uniformed service and overseas citizen voter".
- The Federal Voting Assistance WEB Site;
- The Overseas Vote Foundation
- This site
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|
|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|