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 Post Card Application (FPCA) is completed and received by the Early Voting Clerk’s office. 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 FPCA?
Active duty, military, spouses, and dependents
U.S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily or permanently overseas
*Federal law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the United States. If you are not one of these voters, you need a regular ballot by mail application.
Where can I get an automated FPCA?
Here are two resources for obtaining an automated FPCA:
By when must the Early Voting Clerk receive my FPCA?
The Early Voting Clerk must receive your ballot request by the close of regular business day in the Early Voting Clerk’s office or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before Election Day unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day.
Your application is valid for one calendar year (January-December). If you move please notify us as soon as possible.
How may you send your FPCA to the Early Voting Clerk?
Send your FPCA via:
Hard copy by regular mail, Attn: Early Voting Clerk, 500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite #314, El Paso, Texas 79901
Common or contract carrier
Fax (915) 546-2220. An FPCA submitted via fax only must also be submitted by mail and received at our office no later than the 4th business day after the FPCA is sent via fax only
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 to (915) 546-2220.
The Early Voting Clerk must receive your voted ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. Election Day or by the 6th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States.
Track the progress of your FPCA and ballot?
The federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act (MOVE) created new requirements for states to provide FPCA voters a method to track the status of their ballot in federal elections. The Texas Secretary of State’s Office provides a ballot tracking website, please click the link below.
I’m overseas and I don’t think I will receive my ballot on time?
The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a write-in absentee ballot that can be used as a backup when the voter is living outside the voting residence and has not received the requested ballot in time to vote by the election deadline.
We encourage voters to contact us at (915) 546-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that their FPCA was successfully processed before submitting a FWAB.
The FWAB can only be mailed to:
Early Voting Clerk
500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite #314
El Paso, Texas 79901
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