Military/Overseas Absentee Voting

What if I’m Currently Living Abroad or in the Military?

  • If you are temporarily abroad and maintain residence and place of abode at an address in Arlington County you are eligible to receive a full ballot by mail for all elections. Please complete the Federal Post Card Application  (FPCA). This application must be received by our office or postmarked no later than 22 days before election date if you need to register and no less than 7 days before Election Day if you have already registered.
  • If you are an active duty member of the uniformed services with a domicile address in Arlington, you are eligible to receive a full ballot by mail for all elections. Please complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This application must be received by our office or postmarked no later than 22 days before election date if you need to register and no less than 7 days before Election Day if you have already registered. Military personnel can also be eligible for “late registration” up to and including Election Day.
  • If you are overseas by virtue of employment but no longer maintain domicile and place of abode in Arlington, you and any dependents residing with you may be eligible to receive a full ballot in all elections, provided you and dependents registered to vote in your former precinct prior to your departure. Please complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Your application must be received by our office or postmarked no later than 22 days before the election if you need to register and no less than 7 days before Election Day if you have already registered. It is important to note the name and address of your employer on your application.
  • If you are residing abroad for other reasons and do not maintain domicile and place of abode at an Arlington address, as a U.S. citizen you are still eligible for a Federal ballot — all U.S. citizens are entitled to vote in federal elections (the office of President, Vice-President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives). Please complete the Federal Post Card Application. The application must be received or postmarked 22 days prior to the election if you need to register and no less than 7 days before Election Day if you have already registered.

A single FPCA is valid for all elections that occur from the time the application is submitted through December 31 of the following year. You must reapply for military/overseas absentee ballots after that time, or whenever your overseas address changes.

You will find very useful information on overseas voting at Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Overseas Vote Foundation, and the Virginia Department of Elections.

Email Absentee Ballot Program

Active duty military and overseas citizen absentee voters (and dependents residing with them) may request absentee ballots to be transmitted via email by following this process:

  • Complete the Federal Post Card Application  (FPCA). (Note: You also can obtain the application from your unit or consulate’s voting assistance officer.) Be sure to note on your application that you’re requesting a ballot by email, and include your email address and your overseas mailing address.
  • Print and sign the application and return it to the Officer of Voter Registration either by:
    • Faxing it to 703-228-3705
    • Emailing a scanned version of the application to the Absentee Department

Note: We must receive your FPCA by the Tuesday before the election if you’re already registered to vote in Virginia. If you’re not registered to vote, we must receive your FCPA — which also serves as your registration application — by the election’s registration deadline.

  1. Check your email for your ballot and accompanying instructions.
  2. Follow the instructions provided, print and vote your ballot and return it to us by either
    U.S. mail or commercial courier (UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc.). We must receive your voted ballot by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

For questions about military or overseas voting, call or email the Absentee Department.

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