Registering to Vote and/or Requesting a Vote by Mail Ballot
Military personnel and overseas voters may apply for voter registration and/or request vote by mail ballots with a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Military personnel may also obtain the FPCA from the Unit Voting Officer. (Spouses and dependents are considered to be of the same category of vote by mail voter as military members and generally should follow the same rules.)
If the FPCA is not available, you may contact the Supervisor of Elections by:
Written request: Supervisor of Elections, 20 N. Main St., Rm. 165, Brooksville, FL 34601
Note: At present there are no provisions to allow for submission of the FPCA through the internet.
Reminder: You must be registered at least 29 days prior to an election (book closing date) in order to be eligible to vote in that election.
Military and Overseas Voters
The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and conforming state legislation cover active duty members of the US armed forces, the merchant marine, spouses and dependents of all, and US citizens residing overseas. They may apply for voter registration and for Vote by Mail ballots with a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) which may be obtained from a Voting Assistance Officer (VAO) or at www.fvap.gov, the web site of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Vote by Mail requests from these voters will be effective for all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections.
UOCAVA voters may also use the Florida registration form, notate their military status on it, and the same privileges would apply to them. Military voters residing within the county in which they wish to register should use the Florida Voter Registration Application and indicate their military status, so the supervisor may insure their UOCAVA status when they move out of the county but wish to maintain voting residency.
Overseas voters (those with an APO, FPO or foreign address only, not Hawaii, American Samoa, etc.) may have Vote by Mail ballots faxed or emailed, if there is a problem with mail.
Ballots can be returned by fax, but not by email, and voter then waives secrecy. However, access to faxed ballots in the elections office is extremely restricted and ballots are immediately placed in secrecy envelopes without handling. Only the Voter's Certificate, which must be signed and dated, is examined.
For those overseas voters who provide an email address, we will advise them of the races by email when that is available at least 30 days before an election. We encourage all UOCAVA voters to include their email addresses on any forms or correspondence, and to update them along with mailing addresses whenever they move.
The most important thing to remember is to notify the elections office of address changes so you don't jeopardize your active voter registration status, and email is the best way. Additional information for UOCAVA voters is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program, toll-free 1-800-438-8683, fax 1-800-368-8683, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote by Mail Ballots: More information about vote by mail ballots can be found on the Division of Elections website.
Military & Overseas Information: Federal Voting Assistance Program
Voting Guide: Federal Voting Assistance Guide