For general information on voter registration and absentee voting by Military & Overseas Citizens visit the Federal Voting Assistance program’s main page.
Federal law requires states to provide military and overseas citizens with special procedures to help facilitate voter registration and absentee voting by these citizens. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) covers:
- members of the United States Uniformed Services and merchant marine;
- their family members; and
- United States citizens residing outside the United States.
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Military & Overseas Citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. You can send your completed application by e-mail, fax, or mail.
The form entitles the voter to receive ballots automatically for all elections for which they are eligible to vote, in the calendar year the application is received and the following calendar year. Federal law requires ballots to be sent to military and overseas citizens at least 45 days prior to a federal election. Military and overseas citizens can receive and return voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this in Section 5.
You may download the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) below:
To use the FPCA to register to vote – the completed form must be emailed, faxed, or delivered to our office by the deadlines below.
|Election Date||Election Name||Last Day to Register to Vote In Office||Last Day to Register to Vote By Email, Fax or Online||Last Day to Register to Vote By Mail|
|Tuesday, June 9, 2020||South Carolina|
|5 PM, Friday, May 8, 2020||11:59 PM, Sunday May 10, 2020||Must be postmarked by Monday, May 11, 2020|
To use the FPCA to request an absentee ballot – our office must receive the completed form by the “Deadline to Return State Absentee Form” listed below.
|Election Date||Election Name|| Deadline to Return |
State Absentee Form (Absentee By Mail)
| Deadline to Return|
Absentee Ballot (Absentee By Mail)
| Deadline for Voting |
|Tuesday, June 9, 2020|| South Carolina|
|5 PM, Friday, June 5, 2020||5 PM, Wednesday June 10, 2020*||5 PM, Monday, June 8, 2020|
Electronic Voting Accessibility Tool (EVAT)
EVAT allows UOCAVA voters to access, mark, and print their ballots. The ballot must then be returned to the voter’s elections office by mail, fax, or email. EVAT also allows citizens who have not submitted their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to upload this to become a UOCAVA voter. EVAT reduces the time it takes to vote by eliminating the step of sending the voter a ballot.
You may access the Electronic Voting Accessibility Tool (EVAT) below:
Federal Write In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
Military & Overseas Citizens can use a Federal Write In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 pm Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices for all offices, including federal, state, county, and municipal.
The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. You may submit your FWAB by mail, fax, or email.
You may download the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) below: