FACTSHEET

UNIFORMED AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS

 

The purpose of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is to permit absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to use absentee procedures to vote by absentee ballot in primary, general, and special elections for Federal offices; and to permit these individuals to use a Federal write‑in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the General Election for Federal offices.

 

Citizens residing overseas are those persons who reside anywhere except the states of the U.S., the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

 

An absent uniformed services citizen is:

 

         A member of a uniformed service on active duty who is absent from the place of residence where the member is otherwise qualified to vote;

 

         A member of the merchant marine who, by reason of service in the

merchant marine, is absent from the place of residence where the

member is otherwise qualified to vote; and

 

         A spouse or dependent of an active duty uniformed services citizen who is absent.

 

An overseas citizen means:

 

         An absent uniformed services citizen who, by reason of active duty or service is absent from the United States on the day of the election;

 

         A person who resides outside the United States and is qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States;

 

         A person who resides outside the United States and is qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States (includes residents temporarily overseas who remain qualified to vote in all federal, state and local elections); or

 

         A person who resides outside the United States and (but for such residency) would be qualified to vote in the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States (for federal offices only).

 

 

 

REGISTRATION AND ABSENTEE VOTING

 

Any unregistered person may register by mail. To register to vote, the applicant must mail a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to his/her County Clerk, and it must be received not later than 30 days before an election. An absentee ballot may be requested at the same time. Section 102 of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ff-1) was amended and requires counties to inform each absent uniformed services voter and overseas voters who submits an application or an absentee ballot request, with the reason for rejecting the voter registration or absentee ballot request.

 

Applying for and Voting by Absentee Ballot

 

A currently registered person may request an absentee ballot by mailing a completed FPCA to his/her County Clerk. The application must be received by the County Clerk not later than seven (7) days before an election.

 

The County Clerk must receive voted ballots by the close of polls on election day. For further information, contact:

 

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

Toll-Free Ombudsman in the United States

Phone: 1-800-438-VOTE (8683)

Website Address: www.fvap.gov

E-mail: vote@fvap.gov

 

 


HAWAII UNIT VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICERS

 

 

The following are names and phone numbers of Unit Voting Assistance Officers you may contact for additional information:

 

 

Branch of Service

Voting Assistance Officer

Phone Number

AIR FORCE

Hickam AFB

 

 

Ms. Agnes Borbely

 

473-4686

ARMY

Schofield Barracks and

Fort Shafter

 

 

Mr. Manuel Tagavilla

 

655-5546

COAST GUARD

 

Ms. Kellie Dean

 

 

842-2013

 

MARINE CORPS

 

Kaneohe Marine Corps Base

 

 

 

Ms. Deanna Nieves

 

 

257-8866

NAVY

 

JB Pearl Harbor Hickam

 

PMRF Barking Sands

 

 

 

LCDR Lena E. Whitehead

 

Mr. Woldekidan Tegegne

 

 

473-4717

 

 

335-4732

 

 

This Factsheet is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an authority on the Hawaii election law and deadlines. Requirements and/or deadlines may change pending changes in legislation. Consult the Hawaii Revised Statues and other sources for more detailed and accurate requirements.

 

Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Phone: 808-453-VOTE(8683)
Neighbor Island Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE(8683)

TTY: 808-453-6150

Internet: www.hawaii.gov/elections

 

 

Office of Elections - FSVS516O

 

Rev: 8/29/2014