The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is accepted in all states for registered voters whose ballots do not arrive in time.
It is also accepted in some states as a ballot in special, primary, and run-off elections in addition to General (federal) Elections. This means that when overseas voters do not receive their official ballots on time, the FWAB can now more frequently be used as an alternative.
States with Broadened FWAB Use:
The following states: AZ, IA, MT, ND, NE, OR, SC, and WA will accept the FWAB as a simultaneous voter registration application and voted ballot; or have no voter registration requirement.
Colorado, Connecticut, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia will accept the FWAB for Primary, Runoff and Special Elections for federal offices.
Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Rhode Island, West Virginia will accept the FWAB for Primary, Runoff and Special Elections for federal, state and local offices.
Montana voters can use the FWAB preemptively; prior to determining regular ballot will not arrive. Oklahoma allows use of the FWAB in federal elections even without sending in Voter Registration/Ballot Request previously.
Iowa and Nebraska will accept the FWAB as both a registration form and a ballot.
Do not rely on this method, but use it in emergencies. Last minute registration does not allow time for you to provide additional or corrected information in the case of a registration denial.