Military and Overseas Voters
Military and Overseas Voters
The Travis County Clerk’s Elections Division gives high priority to the ballots of military and overseas voters. They are processed as quickly as ballots become available, making every effort to ensure that ballots will reach their intended recipients with sufficient time for a prompt return.
Members of the U.S. armed forces and merchant marines, their dependents, and U.S. citizens abroad are eligible to vote early by mail and, if necessary, to register to vote. (Federal voting law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the territorial United States; for example, Canada and Mexico are considered overseas.)
Federal Post Card Application
Military and overseas voters may use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are special provisions for those who fill out a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
The FPCA is a request for absentee ballots and a voter registration application for military voters and voters temporarily overseas. Unregistered voters outside of the U.S. with no intent to return to this country, or whose return is uncertain are given temporary registration for the life of the FPCA.
FPCA voters are eligible to receive their ballots via email. Marked ballots may be returned by mail or (New Law) you may hand-deliver your own individual mailed ballot to the Travis County Elections Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, only while polls are open on election day from 7am to 7pm. You will be required to show one of the acceptable forms of ID.
Military Voters who are out of county during the election period or non-military voters who are overseas and intend to return will receive a full ballot which contains all the races in which the voter’s residence address is eligible.
Non-military voters who are overseas and do not intend to return, or whose return is not certain will receive a Federal ballot that only contains races for federal offices in which the voter’s residence address is eligible.
When properly completed, the FPCA application is valid for one calendar year (through the last day of December). Once qualified to participate in the ballot by mail program, we will continue to send ballots to you at your email or overseas address for all applicable elections until your FPCA is canceled or the eligibility period expires. Should you attempt to vote in person in an election in which we have mailed a ballot to you, you will be required to complete an affidavit of cancellation prior to voting.
The FPCA should be submitted every time you change your mailing address or email address. You may contact our office via fax, email or mail to update or cancel your FPCA status.
How to submit an FPCA
You may mail your signed FPCA to Travis County Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 149325, Austin, TX 78714-9325, or you may submit your application by fax to (512) 854-3969 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications sent by contract carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) must be sent to our street address: 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751-1410.
The deadline to submit a FPCA application for a given election is no later than the close of business 11 days before election day. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot application must be received on the preceding business day.
Change of Address - Your Responsibility
It is a voter’s responsibility to notify his or her local election official of mailing address changes (where the ballot is mailed). Many absentee voting materials are returned marked “Address Unknown.” This problem may be caused by changes in duty stations or overseas residence addresses, or by a return to a local address. An updated FPCA may be submitted with the current address information.
You may cancel your FPCA status by email, fax, or mail. Email us at email@example.com, fax us at (512) 854-9075, or submit information by mail to us at P.O. Box 149325, Austin, TX 78714-9325.
Detailed information about eligibility requirements, the application process, types of elections, and ballot submission procedures are available on the web site of the Texas Secretary of State . For additional information, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program .
Voters with questions may contact us at any time for assistance.