Change in UOCAVA Absentee Voting for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens

President Obama recently signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE), both of which include a number of changes to federal election law. One of the most significant changes in the Act relates to the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA will no longer be considered an absentee ballot application for two consecutive General Election cycles, as had been required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. The FPCA will now serve only as an application for an absentee ballot for elections held in the same calendar year the application is submitted.

The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission wants to make certain all of our UOCAVA voters are aware of this change and have sent out letters to the last know addresses of all our UOCAVA voters with a new FPCA enclosed.

Who is eligible to be a UOCAVA absentee voter:

  • A Member of the Uniformed Services on Active Duty
  • A Merchant Marine
  • An Accompanying Spouse or Dependent
  • A U. S. Citizen Permanently Residing Outside the United States
  • A U. S. Citizen Temporarily Residing outside the United States

If you are a UOCAVA voter and would like to receive an absentee ballot for elections in 2010, you may download the FPCA application here: http://www.fvap.gov/ and mail it to our office. Please remember, you will need to send in a new form each calendar year you want to continue to vote absentee under UOCAVA provisions.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.