Voter Help Desk
When should I use the FWAB?

The Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB) is for use when you registered by your state deadline, but your regular ballot did not arrive in time.

Some states have broadened their used of the FWAB to include primaries and runoff elections.  See the associated help desk question if you are considering the FWAB for a primary or other election.

For the November 2008 General Election, OVF suggests that if you sent in your registration/ballot request form already and haven't received a ballot from your local election office by October 1, 2008 that you complete and send in the FWAB.

If you have an OVF 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 OVF does not keep personal ID or complete birthdate information on file as an extra security measure.  Therefore you will have to re-enter these pieces of personal information.

If you do not have an OVF Voter Account then you can generate an FWAB by clicking on associated item on the left sidebar of the OVF home page.

OVF's system will assist you in generating a complete and accurate cover page that is identical to your registration/ballot request form -- as per the federal requirements.  The FWAB must be printed.  You will see that several pages follow 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.

Note, some states allow faxing or emailing of ballots - but with very few exceptions, a faxed or emailed ballot is only valid if followed by a posted original.  Check the State-specific Voter Information Directory, Voting Materials Transmission Options for your state.

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