Ohio Military Votes Update, October 4, 2017

Dear Military and Overseas Voters:

Check your Inbox or Mailbox! 
Whether by email, fax, or mail, absentee ballots were transmitted to UOCAVA voters on September 23, 2017. If you have sent in a Federal Postcard Application Form (FPCA) or an absentee ballot application before Saturday, September 23, 2017, your ballot has been sent to you.

Once you receive your ballot, promptly complete your ballot and return it to the board of elections. Your completed ballot must be returned by mail. Carefully read the instructions provided with your ballot for the proper return of your ballot.

It Is Not TOO Late

If you have not already applied for an absentee ballot, you must do so by Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Qualified electors who are members of the uniformed services or residing overseas may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  1. You may use the FPCA. The FPCA may be used both to register to vote AND to request absentee ballots. Visit https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf for the form.
  2. If you already are a registered Ohio voter, you may designate an eligible relative to request an absentee ballot on your behalf by using the Secretary of State prescribed Form 11-E: Application by Relative for Uniformed Services Absent Voter’s Ballot (available here at https://www.sos.state.oh.us/globalassets/elections/forms/11-e.pdf ) or by using the FPCA.

The application for the absentee ballot may be submitted via email, fax, or by mail. Military or overseas voters can receive a ballot electronically but must always return the completed ballot by mail.

Requesting your ballot be emailed to you will help get a ballot more quickly than through the mail.

Not Registered in Ohio – Deadline Approaching

If you are eligible to but have not already registered to vote, Monday, October 10th is the voter registration deadline. If you are not registered to vote in Ohio by this day, you will NOT be able to vote in the November 7, 2017 General Election.

Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot With One Form: The FPCA

1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request your ballot. You can access the FPCA form here https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf or use the Ohio automated assistant available here https://ohio.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/home.htm to complete the form.

2. Simply, fill it out, print and sign it.

3. Return the FPCA to the Ohio Secretary of State's office by email, fax or mail.

Ohio Secretary of State
P.O. Box 2828
Columbus, OH 43216-2828
You may also print the address onto your own envelope using the separate return envelope here: https://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms

Requesting your ballot be emailed to you will help get a ballot more quickly than through the mail.

Watch your inbox and track the status of your ballot
Ballots will be transmitted to the email address provided on the application. If you do not receive an email of your ballot, check the status by visiting www.MyOhioVote.com.

If you need to talk to someone at the county board of elections about your ballot request, please visit http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/electionsofficials/boeDirectory.aspx#dir for contact information for the board of elections in your county.

We will be sending more information as we get closer to Election Day.

Do you have questions?
Reply to this email or call us at (614) 466-7709.