Military & Overseas Citizens (UOCAVA)

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), which is also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. You can send us your completed application by e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Please see our contact information at the bottom of this site. This form entitles the voter to receive ballots automatically for all elections he/she is eligible to vote in the calendar year the application is received. Federal law requires absentee ballots to be sent to military and overseas citizens at least 45 days prior to any federal election. South Carolina state law requires absentee ballots to be sent to military and over seas citizens at least 45 days prior to any election held.  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 on your FPCA in Block 6.

You may download the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) below:


To use the FPCA form to register to vote
– the completed form must be emailed, faxed, or delivered to our office by the voter registration deadlines below.  If mailed, it must be postmarked by the deadlines below.

Election DateElection NameLast Day to Register to Vote In OfficeLast Day to Register to Vote By Email, Fax or Online (11:59pm)Last Day to Register to Vote By Mail
*must be postmarked by this date
Must Be 18 Years of Age or Older BySpecial Requirements
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Town of Central Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the Town of Central 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
City of Liberty Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the City of Liberty 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Town of Norris Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the Town of Norris 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
City of Pickens Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the City of Pickens 30-days prior to the election.

To use the FPCA form to request an absentee ballot – our office must receive the completed form by the “Deadline to Return State Absentee Form” listed below.  The form can be emailed, faxed, delivered, or mailed to our office.

Election DateElection NameDeadline to Return
State Absentee Form
(Absentee By Mail)
Deadline to Return
Absentee Ballot
(Absentee By Mail)
Deadline for Voting
Absentee In-Person
Saturday,
May 13, 2017
Pickens County Veteran’s Affairs Officer Advisory ElectionTuesday,
May 9, 2017
Saturday,
May 13, 2017
by 6pm
Friday,
May 12, 2017
by 5pm
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Municipal General Elections in:
Central
Easley
Liberty
Norris
Pickens
Six Mile
Friday,
November 3, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
by 7pm
Monday,
November 6, 2017
by 5pm
Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
Municipal Runoff Elections in:
Central
Easley
Liberty
Norris
Pickens
Six Mile
(Only if needed)
Friday,
November 17, 2017
Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
by 7pm
Monday,
November 20, 2017
by 5pm

What do I need to fill in on the FPCA?  

Only the following blocks are required on the FPCA:

  • Block 1: Select the category that describes you.
  • Block 2: To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party preference to ensure you receive that party’s ballot. If you want to change your political party preference, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to our office. Political party preference is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.
  • Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
  • Block 4: Identification
    • For Race, enter the choice that best describes you from the following list:
      • B/AA = Black/ African American
      • H = Hispanic; A=Asian
      • W = White
      • N= Native American
      • O = Other
    • Date of Birth
    • Full/Complete Social Security Number
  • Block 5: Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.  If at all possible, please provide your email address.  Allowing us to send you your voting materials electronically via email will allow you to receive and return your ballot much quicker than traditional mail.
  • Block 6: South Carolina allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you.
  • Block 7: Complete street address of your South Carolina voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.
  • Block 8: Complete address where you want your ballot sent.
  • Block 9:  Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.
  • Affirmation: You must sign and date your application. No witness or notary is required required.

Submission Options:

  • Mail the form to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission at 222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671.
  • Fax the form to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission at 864-898-5637.
  •  Scan the form and email the image as a file attachment to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission at the following email address: elections@co.pickens.sc.us (attachment cannot be larger than 3mb in size).

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 county voter registration office by mail, fax, or email. EVAT also allows citizens who have not already submitted their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to upload their FPCA to become a UOCAVA voter. EVAT reduces the time it takes UOCAVA voters to vote by eliminating the step of the county voter registration office sending the voter a ballot. Using EVAT, the voter can access the ballot online, mark it, and print it for return to the county voter registration office. Click the header above to access EVAT and begin the absentee process immediately.


Federal Write In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

Worried You Won’t Receive Your Ballot In Time?

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 p.m., 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, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  Just like the FPCA, you may submit your FWAB by mail, fax, or email.

IMPORTANT:  Please be sure to submit all pages of the FWAB….Voter’s Declaration/Affirmation page and the Official Write-in Absentee Ballot page.

You may download the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) below:

For general information on voter registration and absentee voting by Military & Overseas Citizens visit the Federal Voting Assistance program’s main page.