Absentee Voting

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) covers the voting rights of all eligible U.S. citizens who are members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) carries out the responsibilities of UOCAVA by providing these citizens with guidance about participating in the democratic process regardless of their location in the world. Voting Assistance Officers, assigned to units of military installations and at each U.S. embassy or consulate, have a copy of the Voting Assistance Guide to assist uniformed and overseas citizens. A copy of the Guide may be found also on the FVAP Web site,

Any question that cannot be answered by a Voting Assistance Officer should be directed to the:

Federal Voting Assistance Program
Department of Defense

4800 Mark Center Drive
Mailbox 10
Alexandria, VA 22350-5000

Commercial: (703) 588-1584
DSN (military): 425-1584
Fax: (703) 696-1352, DSN: 426-1352
Toll free (U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands): 1-800-438-VOTE (8683)

FVAP Web site: