Some citizens, such as people serving in the military who are away from their permanent home on Election Day, their families, or U.S. citizens who are living abroad, have special voting rights and ways to register to vote. These people have the choice of either requesting a mail-in absentee ballot the same way as other registered voters, or they can apply to register and/or vote through special programs for military and overseas voters as described below.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is a federal
law that requires states to allow certain voters who are absent from their county
of residence to have special rights that provide an expedited means for them to register
and vote by mail-in absentee ballot. In order to qualify under the provisions of UOCAVA
in this state, a voter must be a legal resident of North Carolina. Citizens covered
by UOCAVA include:
NC State Board of Elections
PO Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611-7255
Email Address and Fax Number are for use by Military and Overseas
The request must be physically signed prior to submitting it to the county board of elections. The deadline for individuals eligible under UOCAVA to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to Election Day.
Only the voter may sign his or her FPCA or FWAB application. Family members may not sign these forms on the voter's behalf.
Postcard Application (FPCA)
When requesting a ballot, UOCAVA voters may elect to receive their balloting materials by mail, fax or email. Be sure to designate your transmittal preference on your FPCA application, and provide the appropriate contact information required to transmit the materials.
When official ballots are available: Ballot materials will be sent
to you as soon as ballots are available for a given election. Absentee ballots are
available 30 days prior to municipal elections for those municipalities that permit
absentee voting, 50 days prior to statewide primaries, and 60 days prior to general
elections. For any other type of election, ballots will be available 50 days prior
to the election. After submitting a FPCA, military-overseas voters will receive
a ballot for any election for which they are eligible during the year that the request
Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
The military-overseas voter may also elect to vote a FWAB in lieu of a regular ballot. In North Carolina, military-overseas voters may use a FWAB application to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote for all federal, state and local contest items for which the voter is eligible. The FWAB links above go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, where voters will be led through a series of automated questions to set up the FWAB application.
The voter can vote for any ballot items that would be on the regular ballot, however,
the voter must obtain the choices for those ballot items. The voter can either obtain
this information by contacting his or her local county
board of elections, or by looking up his or her sample ballot on the State
Board of Elections web site. The FWAB is an official
military-overseas ballot, so if you submit a FWAB, your county board of elections
will not send you a regular ballot.
The military-overseas voter may return his or her voted ballot, including
a FWAB, via mail, fax or email. The deadline to return military-overseas ballots
is by the close of polls on Election Day (7:30 p.m. EST). If the ballot is received
later than that hour, it will not be timely, unless the voter transmitted the ballot
by 12:01 a.m. on the day of the election (voter time) and the county board
receives the ballot by the last business day before the county canvass. The county
canvass is normally conducted 10 days after the General Election and 7 days
after other elections. When returning the ballot by mail, no postmark is required.
Before returning the ballot, the military-overseas voter must sign the Affirmation Of Military-Overseas Voter. The affirmation will be included in the instruction materials that are included with the blank ballot. If the balloting materials are mailed, then the affirmation is also on the back of the container-return envelope. Detailed instructions on returning the voted ballot are included with the absentee balloting materials sent to the voter.
Military-overseas voters may check the status of their Voter
Registration and Absentee
Ballot online on the State Board of Elections web site.
Questions regarding any of these procedures should be directed to the State Board of Elections at 866-522-4723 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.