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UOCAVA Voting with Avery Xola, Military Veteran

Watch the video to hear more about the rights and resources available to Arizona military and overseas citizens so they can vote informed. Make your plan to vote!

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How Can Military & Overseas Voters Get A Ballot?

Military and Overseas voters, and their dependent family members, have special voting rights under federal and state law (Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)). These rights include the use of a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an early ballot and the use of a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) , which serves as an emergency back-up ballot. The FPCA and FWAB can also be completed using an online assistant by clicking here.

Additionally, UOCAVA voters can register to vote, request an early ballot and upload their voted ballot through the Secretary of State's secure portal. For more information, UOCAVA voters should visit: the Secretary of State's Website or the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Qualifications to Register to Vote

To register to vote in Arizona the following qualifications must be met:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You are a resident of Arizona and the county listed on your registration 29 days prior to the election
  • You are 18 years of age or older on or before the day of the next regular General Election
  • You are able to write your name or make your mark (unless prevented by a disability)

You are not able to register to vote in Arizona if:

  • You have been adjudicated an incapacitated person
  • You have been convicted of a treason or a felony, unless you have had your civil rights restored

UOCAVA Status Requirements

Uniformed Personnel

  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Resident of Arizona
  • Must be a member of the Uniformed Services or a family member
  • Must be stationed outside of your home county (if stationed within your home county, contact your Recorder to request an early ballot)

(Uniformed Services are defined as the U.S. Armed Forces, merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Overseas Citizen or Civilian

  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Resident of Arizona
  • An overseas citizen means a U.S. citizen who resides indefinitely outside the U.S., and who was qualified to register, except for age, in Arizona immediately prior to his or her departure from Arizona.
  • An overseas civilian means a U.S. citizen who resides temporarily outside the U.S., and who was qualified to register in Arizona and is intending to return to the U.S.

Military/Overseas Voters FAQ

When Will I Get My Ballot?
Ballots are mailed out to UOCAVA voters 45 days before the election.

What If My Mailing Address Changed?
All voters, especially UOCAVA voters, should update their voter registration anytime they have a change. UOCAVA voters should contact their County Recorder as soon as possible with any mailing changes. Additionally, UOCAVA voters can designate an email address for the County to contact them at. Click here to find your county's contact information. Click here to update your voter registration.

How Can I Return My Voted Ballot?
UOCAVA voters can return their official ballot or FWAB by fax or through a secure ballot upload system maintained by the Secretary of State. Ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day. Click here for more information.

How Can I Find Information On What's On My Ballot?
The Clean Elections Commission mails a Voter Education Guide to every Arizona UOCAVA voter, all across the world, utilizing their mailing address on file with the County Recorder. The Guide provides information on statewide and legislative candidates and general voting information.

How Can I Get Timely Election Information?
By joining the Clean Elections Voting Reminders Program! Get your election information on the go. Click here to join.

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