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For more information about voting assistance from Vandenberg SFB, please call 805-606-5080 or email vote7@us.af.mil

Voting assistance support at Vandenberg SFB: Phone 805-606-5080 | Email vote7@us.af.mil

Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at: FVAP.GOV 

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world.

The Director of FVAP administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. UOCAVA, as amended by the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, requires states to transmit requested absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters no later than 45 days before a federal election. Those citizens protected by UOCAVA include:

  • Members of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps)
  • Members of the Merchant Marines
  • Eligible family members of the above
  • U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.

FVAP assists voters through partnerships with the Military Services, Department of State, Department of Justice, election officials from 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.


The following states have elections for federal office in the next 90 days:

August 2022:

  • August 2: Primary Elections- Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington
  • August 4: Primary Election- Tennessee
  • August 6: Territory Primary- Virgin Islands
  • August 9: Primary Elections- Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin
  • August 9: Special General- Minnesota CD 1
  • August 13: Primary Election- Hawaii
  • August 16: Primary Elections- Alaska and Wyoming
  • August 16: Special General- Alaska U.S. House
  • August 23: Primary Elections- Florida and New York
  • August 23: Special Elections- New York CD 19 and CD 23
  • August 23: State Primary Runoff Election- Oklahoma
  • August 23: Runoff Special Primary – Oklahoma U.S. Senate
  • August 27: Territory Primary- Guam

September 2022 – 30 Day Notice:

  • September 6: Primary Election – Massachusetts
  • September 13: Primary Elections – Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

October 2022 – 60 Day Notice:

  • No elections for federal office scheduled

November 2022 – 90 Day Notice:

  • November 8: General Election
  • November 8: Special General Election- California U.S. Senate
  • November 8: Special General Election- Oklahoma U.S. Senate

Register and request your ballot by your state’s deadline. You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant at www.fvap.gov/FPCA to walk you through each section of the form. After you finish filling out the FPCA, print it, sign it, and send it to your election office. Most states accept the FPCA by email or fax while some require it by mail. Check your state-specific guidelines at FVAP.gov.

Once you receive your requested absentee ballot, vote and return it as soon as you get it. Remember to carefully follow the instructions, especially if a “security envelope” is required, and sign the package as indicated when returning it.

To save time, send voted ballots electronically if allowed by state law. Voters can check if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax, or via an online portal at FVAP.gov/guide.

If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at www.fvap.gov/FWAB. It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.

Make sure the voted ballot is received by your state. Go to FVAP.gov, click on your state and then the "check the status of your voted ballot" button.

To find your state's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page https://www.fvap.gov/info/contact. You can also reach out directly to your election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.

Additional Information for non-UOCAVA voters: Uniformed service members, their families, and Department of Defense civilians who are currently stationed in the same location as their voting address may visit vote.gov to register to vote and request information from their local election office to vote locally.


COVID-19 ELECTION UPDATE - FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency, and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information on possible mailing delays. Please visit FVAP.gov/COVID-19 for the latest information on any international postal disruptions or contact your installation military post office.

"The Department of Defense is required to send this email notification starting 90 days before each election for federal office. This information is current as of August 1, 2022. As updates may occur, please check the election calendars and state guidelines at FVAP.gov for real time information."

If you would like more information about the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov, call 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584), or email (vote@fvap.gov).