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Absentee Ballot Deadlines for Military and Overseas Voters

Requesting a ballot:

By mail, e-mail or fax: Beginning January 1 of any year, or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier, if you are an individual eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), you may request an absentee ballot by mailing, e-mailing or faxing your properly-completed absentee ballot application to the board of elections in the county in which your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to send you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot.

Note: Though ballots may be requested by e-mail or fax, voted ballots may be returned only by mail or in person. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it may not be accepted, processed, or counted.

In person: The day after the close of registration, a UOCAVA voter may also go to his or her county board of elections office or other designated location for in-person absentee voting during voting hours to both request and cast their absentee ballot. 

UOCAVA ballots may be returned:

By U.S. Mail: The return envelope containing your marked ballot must be submitted for mailing no later than 12:01 a.m. on Election Day and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election.

In person, either by you or an eligible family member: Your marked ballot, which must be sealed in the completed and signed identification envelope provided with the ballot, must be delivered to the board of elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. It may not be returned to a polling location.

Note: Voted ballots may be returned only by mail or in person. If a voted ballot is returned by fax or e-mail, it may not be accepted, processed, or counted.

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