Military & Overseas Voters

Members of the U.S. armed forces and merchant marines, their dependents and U.S. citizens abroad are eligible to vote early by mail once the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) is completed and received by the El Paso County Elections Department. Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for you.

Who can use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)?

1. Active duty, military, spouses, and dependents (voting from outside the home Texas county)

2. U.S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily overseas* away from the home Texas county

3. U.S. Citizens (nonmilitary) permanently overseas* away from the (previous) home Texas county

*Federal law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the United States. If you are not one of these voters, you need the regular early voting by mail procedures.

What does the FPCA form do?

1. Registers you onto the permanent voter rolls 30 days after receipt by the county (unless voter marks indefinitely away/ do not intend to return)

2. Functions as an application for a ballot by mail and gives you temporary registration status for certain offices

3. If voter marks indefinitely away (older form) / do not intend to return (newer form), voter receives federal ballot only

One of the benefits of the FPCA is that if you file the FPCA at least 30 days before any election, you are entitled to vote a Federal Write-in Ballot which is a special ballot that is accepted for counting even if you did not receive the official ballot in time. Additionally, FPCA mailing materials are treated as express mail by the U.S. Postal Service at no additional cost.

Residence is defined in Section 1.015 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”) as the voter’s permanent home to which he or she intends to return after any temporary absence. This definition also implies that you lived at the location at one time and intend to return, so generally, you cannot list a location where you have never been physically present.

By when must the early voting clerk receive my FPCA?

The early voting clerk must receive your voted ballot no later than 7 p.m. Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States. Please call (915) 546-2154 for assistance.

As per (Senate Bill 100, 82nd Legislature) your application is valid for 1 calendar year. If you move please notify us as soon as possible.

How may you send your FPCA application to the early voting clerk?

Submit your application to the early voting clerk at:

Early Voting Clerk
500 E. San Antonio Ave.
Suite Lower Level #115
El Paso, Texas 79901

Send your FPCA via:

1. Hard copy by regular mail

2. Common or contract carrier

3. Fax (915) 546-2220

4. E-mail (scanned image of signed form) to jchacon@epcounty.com

Like any other ballot by mail follow the directions enclosed. After the early voting clerk receives your FPCA form with all required information, you will be mailed a ballot.

How and when must I return the ballot?

When you are finished voting, follow the directions enclosed and mail your ballot in the envelope provided by mail or common or contract carrier. A ballot may not be returned to the early voting clerk by any other method.

If military voter (or spouse or dependent) in hostile fire pay/ imminent danger pay/ combat zone, your voted ballot may be faxed using authorized channels.

The early voting clerk must receive your voted ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States. Please call (915) 546-2154 for assistance.