Form SF-186 "Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot"

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Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
Use this form if you are:
If you do not receive your absentee ballot in enough time to meet
your state’s deadlines, use this ballot as a backup. If you send in this
On active duty in the Uniformed
ballot and receive your state’s ballot later, you should fill out and
Services or Merchant Marine
return your state ballot as well. Your election office will count only one
ballot.
An eligible spouse or dependent
The following require you to register and request an absentee ballot
A U.S. citizen living outside the
before filling out this form: AL, AS, AR, CT, FL, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS,
United States
LA, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, PR, RI, SD, TX, WI, WV, and WY. If your state
or territory is listed, complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
online at FVAP.gov.
If you already registered and requested a ballot, send in the Voter
Information page and the Official Backup Ballot.
Please be aware that some states will accept this form as
registration and as an absentee ballot request for future elections.
You can vote wherever you are. This is how.
1. Fill out your Voter Information page completely and accurately.
• Your U.S. voting residence address is used to determine where
Agency Disclosure Statement
you are eligible to vote absentee. For military voters, it is
The public reporting burden for this collection of
usually your last address in your state of legal residence. For
information is estimated to average 15 minutes per
overseas citizens, it is usually the last place you lived before
response, including time to review instructions,
moving overseas. You do not need to have any current ties
gathering and maintaining the data needed,
and completing and reviewing the collection of
with this address. DO NOT write a PO Box # in section 2.
information. Send comments regarding this burden
• Most states allow you to provide a Driver’s License number or
estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the
the last 4 digits of your SSN. Some states require a full SSN.
burden to: Department of Defense, Washington
See your state’s guidelines at FVAP.gov.
Headquarters Services, Executive Services
Directorate, Information Management Division, 4800
• If you cannot receive mail at your mailing address, please
Mark Center Dr., East Tower, Suite 03F09, Alexandria,
specify a mail forwarding address.
VA 22350-3100. [OMB Control #0704-0502].
Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding
• Most states require you to specify a political party to vote in
any other provision of law, no person shall be subject
primary elections. This information may be used to register
to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of
you with a party.
information if it does not display a currently valid OMB
control number. DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO
• Section 6 Requirements: Alabama requires two witness
THE ADDRESS ABOVE.
signatures; Alaska, Virginia and Wisconsin, require one
witness signature; Puerto Rico requires your mother’s and
Privacy Advisory
father’s first name; Vermont requires a voter’s oath. Additional
state instructions can be found at FVAP.gov.
When completed, this form contains personally
identifiable information and is protected by the
• Remember to sign the bottom of the Voter Information page!
Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
2. Carefully fill out and seal your Official Backup Ballot.
• DO NOT sign your ballot or include any personal information.
Keep your ballot anonymous.
• If using a self-sealing form, remove the adhesive liner, fold and
seal tightly.
• If you printed out the form, fold the voted ballot and seal it in an
envelope marked “ballot enclosed”.
3. Assemble your documents for mailing.
• Put your Voter Information page and Official Backup Ballot into
the mailing envelope.
Questions?
• You can find the address for your election office at FVAP.gov.
• All states accept this form by mail, but they vary on email and
Email vote@fvap.gov
fax. See your state’s rules in the Voting Assistance Guide online
at FVAP.gov.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
Use this form if you are:
If you do not receive your absentee ballot in enough time to meet
your state’s deadlines, use this ballot as a backup. If you send in this
On active duty in the Uniformed
ballot and receive your state’s ballot later, you should fill out and
Services or Merchant Marine
return your state ballot as well. Your election office will count only one
ballot.
An eligible spouse or dependent
The following require you to register and request an absentee ballot
A U.S. citizen living outside the
before filling out this form: AL, AS, AR, CT, FL, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS,
United States
LA, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, PR, RI, SD, TX, WI, WV, and WY. If your state
or territory is listed, complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
online at FVAP.gov.
If you already registered and requested a ballot, send in the Voter
Information page and the Official Backup Ballot.
Please be aware that some states will accept this form as
registration and as an absentee ballot request for future elections.
You can vote wherever you are. This is how.
1. Fill out your Voter Information page completely and accurately.
• Your U.S. voting residence address is used to determine where
Agency Disclosure Statement
you are eligible to vote absentee. For military voters, it is
The public reporting burden for this collection of
usually your last address in your state of legal residence. For
information is estimated to average 15 minutes per
overseas citizens, it is usually the last place you lived before
response, including time to review instructions,
moving overseas. You do not need to have any current ties
gathering and maintaining the data needed,
and completing and reviewing the collection of
with this address. DO NOT write a PO Box # in section 2.
information. Send comments regarding this burden
• Most states allow you to provide a Driver’s License number or
estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the
the last 4 digits of your SSN. Some states require a full SSN.
burden to: Department of Defense, Washington
See your state’s guidelines at FVAP.gov.
Headquarters Services, Executive Services
Directorate, Information Management Division, 4800
• If you cannot receive mail at your mailing address, please
Mark Center Dr., East Tower, Suite 03F09, Alexandria,
specify a mail forwarding address.
VA 22350-3100. [OMB Control #0704-0502].
Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding
• Most states require you to specify a political party to vote in
any other provision of law, no person shall be subject
primary elections. This information may be used to register
to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of
you with a party.
information if it does not display a currently valid OMB
control number. DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO
• Section 6 Requirements: Alabama requires two witness
THE ADDRESS ABOVE.
signatures; Alaska, Virginia and Wisconsin, require one
witness signature; Puerto Rico requires your mother’s and
Privacy Advisory
father’s first name; Vermont requires a voter’s oath. Additional
state instructions can be found at FVAP.gov.
When completed, this form contains personally
identifiable information and is protected by the
• Remember to sign the bottom of the Voter Information page!
Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
2. Carefully fill out and seal your Official Backup Ballot.
• DO NOT sign your ballot or include any personal information.
Keep your ballot anonymous.
• If using a self-sealing form, remove the adhesive liner, fold and
seal tightly.
• If you printed out the form, fold the voted ballot and seal it in an
envelope marked “ballot enclosed”.
3. Assemble your documents for mailing.
• Put your Voter Information page and Official Backup Ballot into
the mailing envelope.
Questions?
• You can find the address for your election office at FVAP.gov.
• All states accept this form by mail, but they vary on email and
Email vote@fvap.gov
fax. See your state’s rules in the Voting Assistance Guide online
at FVAP.gov.
Voter Information
Have you already registered and
requested an absentee ballot?
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
Some states allow you to use this form to register and request
ballots for future elections. Visit FVAP.gov for more details.
Print clearly in blue or black ink, please see back for instructions.
1. Who are you? Pick one.
For absent Uniformed
I am on active duty in the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine
-OR-
I am an eligible spouse or dependent.
Service members, their
I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and I intend to return.
families, and citizens
I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and my intent to return is uncertain.
residing outside the
I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and I have never lived in the United States.
United States.
Female
Sex
Last name
Suffix (Jr., II)
Male
First name
Previous names (if applicable)
/
/
Middle name
Birth date (MM/DD/YYYY)
Social Security Number
Driver’s license or State ID #
2. What is your U.S. voting residence address?
Your voting materials will not be sent to this address. See instructions on other side of form.
Street address
Apt #
City, town, village
State
County
ZIP
3. Where are you now? You MUST give your CURRENT contact information.
Your mailing address. (Different from above)
Your mail forwarding address. (If different from mailing address)
4. What is your contact information? This is so election officials can reach you about your request.
Provide the country code and area code with your phone and fax number. Do not use a Defense Switched Network (DSN) number.
Email:
Phone:
Alternate email:
Fax:
5. What are your preferences for future elections?
A. Do you want to register and
B. How do you want to
C. What is your
Mail
Yes
request a ballot for all elections
receive voting materials
political party for
Email or online
No
you are eligible to vote in?
from your election office?
primary elections?
Fax
6. What additional information must you provide?
The following need more information: Alabama, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin, see back for instructions. Additional
state instructions can be found at FVAP.gov.
7. You must read and sign this statement.
I swear or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that:
The information on this form is true, accurate, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that a material misstatement of fact in
completion of this document may constitute grounds for conviction of perjury.
I am a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age (or will be by the day of election), eligible to vote in the requested jurisdiction, and
I am not disqualified to vote due to having been convicted of a felony or other disqualifying offense, nor have I been adjudicated mentally
incompetent; or if so, my voting rights have been reinstated; and
I am not registering, requesting a ballot, or voting in any other jurisdiction in the United States, except the jurisdiction cited in this voting form.
In voting, I have marked and sealed this ballot in private and have not allowed any person to observe the marking of this ballot, except those
authorized to assist voters under State and Federal law.
X
Today’s date
Sign here
/
/
(MM/DD/YYYY)
This information is for official use only. Any unauthorized release may be punishable by law.
Previous editions are obsolete.
Standard Form 186 (Rev.04-2019), OMB No. 0704-0502
Official Backup Ballot
Vote by writing the NAME or PARTY of the
candidates you choose. To find out about
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
specific federal candidates and races go to
FVAP.gov.
Print clearly in blue or black ink.
Instructions
• This ballot can be used to vote for federal offices.
• DO NOT write your name or any identifying number (SSN, driver’s license) on this ballot.
• Photocopy this page if you require additional room for candidates or ballot initiatives.
• If you are voting in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you may vote for Delegate or
Resident Commissioner, and in presidential primaries.
• State laws vary about using the FWAB for other offices like Governor or Mayor. Learn more online at FVAP.gov.
Federal offices
President and Vice President
U.S. Senator
U. S. Representative, Delegate, or
Resident Commissioner to Congress
Non-federal offices
Candidate name
Office
Political party
Ballot initiatives or other items
Standard Form 186 (Rev.04-2019), OMB No. 0704-0502
Official Ballot
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
Private
Fold your ballot and keep it private. Put it in the envelope.
Before you seal this envelope:
STOP
1. Sign and fold your Voter Information page.
2. Fold and seal your Official Backup Ballot.
3. Put both inside this envelope, and mail it
to your election office. The address can be
found at FVAP.gov.
1
Voter
Voter
Information
Information
Fold in half
2
Ballot
Official Ballot
Private
Fold and seal
3
Voter
Information
Official Ballot
Private
Mailing
Envelope
For election officials:
This is an official Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
authorized by 52 U.S.C. § 20301.
If you have questions about it, contact your State officials.
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