Voter Help Desk
When should I use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

You should use The Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB) if your official ballot does not arrive in time.

You can find the FWAB form here on our website, or you can visit our website’s homepage and click “View Details” under “Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot”. 

For the November General Election, we suggest that if you sent in your registration/ballot request form already and haven't received your official ballot from your local election office by mid October, that you complete and send in the FWAB.

Our FWAB offers you a Vote-Print-Mail Ballot System. This system will present you with federal level candidate lists associated with your election jurisdiction for you to choose from. If you do not wish to vote for a candidate on the list, you can leave the selection blank and write-in your candidate or party choice upon printing The FWAB. 

If you have a Voter Account, you can simply login and click to print your FWAB. The system will take you through the data-entry process with your information pre-filled into the fields. You can update/edit your information or just click "Continue" if it is accurate. Note that a Voter Account is not needed to generate a FWAB; it’s merely a tool for voters to speed up the process.

The Overseas Vote's system will assist you in generating a complete and accurate FWAB cover page that is identical to your registration/ballot request form -- as per the federal requirements. The FWAB must be printed. You will see upon printing your FWAB that there are several pages with instructions and a page for you to write-in the candidates of your choice. The instructions pages will include the address for mailing your FWAB, so please read them!

Note: some states allow faxing or emailing of ballots. You can check by visiting the State Voter Requirements page on our website, inputting your state, and clicking on the “Voting Materials Transmission Options” tab for your state's allowed ballot return options.



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